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Engine Checks and Sea Trials

Saturday, 21 July 2018
Engine Checks and Sea Trials

At Burton Waters Boat Sales, we want to make sure you have the best boating experience possible. This goes beyond beautiful vessels and great gadgets and technology. You need to make sure you are looking after your boat too, so we are giving you advice on the essential engine checks. Regular checks of your boat’s engine are vital for all boat owners. Simple checks will prevent you from being stranded at sea and help notice any problems early on. 


We know you want to get straight out onto the water but checking your engine will make sure you have the best time out on the water without any concerns. 

Check the bilge and engine for oil leaks or excess water

Check the cooling water piping for any signs of damage such as corrosion or perishing

Make sure you check your fuel level – this is very important!

Look at the fresh water coolant level

Check the level of lubricating oil by removing the engine’s dipstick and top up if it’s low

Make sure the throttle controls are in neutral before starting your engine. 

After you’ve done these, you can now start you engine to go through a few more checks.

Start Your Engines:

Check that your cooling system is circulating properly. Here’s a tip to check for signs of water movement if your water strainer is partly transparent: place a floating object in it and this will help you to tell if the water is moving.

Check your engine hoses, cooling and fuel systems for any leaks

Make sure you listen to your engine for any concerning noises or unusual vibrations – this could mean there is a problem. During your trip you should also listen out for these sounds. 

Whilst out on the water, monitor the gauges and warning lights onboard. The engine’s oil pressure should be around 60psi when moving; your voltmeters should be at 13V or 26V depending on your boat’s engine. 

When your engine is warm, you should see a temperature between 80-85°C.

When you return from your trip, leave your boat to run in neutral for a few minutes before turning it off. This will help your cooling system from the build-up of heat. 

Here are some extra tips for looking after your boat:

Keep your user manual with you onboard to help if you run into any problems.

Keep some spare engine parts on board like filters, hoses and gaskets in case of emergency fixes

Make sure you have an engine toolkit with you so you can sort out simple fixes

Learn how to deal with common engine problems so that you are prepared in case of something going wrong


At a recent Jeanneau Dealer Meeting in June, we enjoyed a sea trial of the new Merry Fisher 1095. This boat has a three cabin layout with sliding doors, a recessed deck and definitely makes use of the new world of outboard engines. This incredible combination gives a sense of ease and exceptional performance that promises many great days out on the sea. The Merry Fisher 1095 will be the flagship of the line.

If you want to find out more about the Merry Fisher 1095, you can do so here: https://www.burtonwaters.co.uk/new-boats/jeanneau/merry-fisher-1095 

Not only did we get a sea trial of the new Merry Fisher, but also of the new Cap Camarat 9.0 WA! This sporty boat has a family-friendly spirit with a spacious layout. This layout is perfect for day trips or even a weekend cruise with your family. The cockpit’s helm station has seating for two, a portside galley and plenty storage options. 

The interior of the boat is fully kitted out for comfort. The boat has a very large double berth, a saloon that converts into a double berth, a head compartment with a separate shower and even more storage space. 

Contact us if you have any questions about our boats, new launches or if you want to find out what suits you best!

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