Mercury VesselView Mobile

Mercury VesselView MobileVesselView Mobile allows you to use your smartphone (Android or iPhone) to connect with your Mercury outboard or sterndrive engine. The plug-and-play engine module connects via Bluetooth to your phone, providing quick, convenient access to your engine’s data. One module can monitor up to four engines. You can even customize the data points across three screens to fit your boating style. VesselView Mobile is compatible with all SmartCraft-compatible Mercury outboards and sterndrive engines (2004 and newer, 40hp and up).

The information provided via VesselView Mobile is much more accurate than most analog gauges. You’ll have a much better sense of your true rpms, your fuel burn, your speed, your fluid pressure levels – anything that can be measured on analog gauges will be more accurate with VesselView Mobile. You can even customize the data that’s displayed, so you have instant access to what you want to know.

What does this do for you?  VesselView Mobile acts as an extension of your engine, providing detailed information on your engine’s performance. It can even notify you if something isn’t right. More than just a series of beeps or a numeric code, VesselView Mobile will tell you in clear language what is going on with your engine. When you take your engine in for routine maintenance or storage, your dealer can also review those alerts and help you keep your engine in top condition.  Better yet, by selecting a Preferred Dealer (hopefully that will be us), that dealer will be able to see the same faults you do while on the water and be able to point you toward the possible problem.  Call today!! Installation is quick and painless.

 

The End of Another Season.

Winter Boat Storage and Engine WinterizationThe boating season is coming to an end with the lake dropping somewhere around a foot a week.  You can keep track of the lake level at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/uv?01323500

Our dock season will end on September 24th, unless the lake level drops to 759ft.  In which case it’ll end at that point.  Please make your plans accordingly.

  • If you are bringing your boat in by water, please make sure you have fenders and dock line.  Note that our docks will be pulled in by the end of September.
  • If you want us to haul your boat, make sure we have the keys and the trailer (registered & road worthy) and update us on your plans.
  • If you are thinking about having us store your boat for the winter, please let us know NOW.  Storage is almost full.
  • If you stored with us last year and would like to do so again, please let us know NOW.
  • If you stored with us last year and have made other arrangements, PLEASE let us know NOW.  Others could use your spot.
  • If you have any questions, please ask. (518) 863-8112

Our September and October hours are here.  They may change slightly, depending on school events, but we’ll keep you posted.  We are outside most of the day hauling and winterizing boats, so please leave voice mail or shoot us an email.

Thank you for a great season!

Impellers 101 Or Should the impeller be changed this season?

Here’s a quick and dirty on water pump rubber-vaned impellers. The function of the cooling system is to  remove excess heat from the engine and other components.  Seawater is picked up from the drive system lower unit and pumped through the engine to absorb excess heat.  Intake & discharge portsThe impeller rotates in an eccentric housing, in which the drive shaft is off center.  The impeller rotates whenever the engine is turning.  The cavities between the vanes pick-up water as they pass over the intake port and as the vane cavities pass over the discharge port, they collapse, displacing the water from the pump, pushing it through the system.  The impeller is lubricated and cooled by the water that it pumps.  Running the pump without water will quickly destroy the impeller.
Volume and Pressure ImpellersThere are two types of impellers.  High pressure-low volume and low pressure-high volume.  Floppy Vane High Volume-Low Pressure ImpellerA volume type impeller will develop lower pump and system pressure, but deliver a high volume.  The impeller vanes have low tension which limits pump pressure.  This type of pump will allow limited pumping of contaminated water and very limited operation with no water present.  A pressure type impeller will develop higher pump and system pressure, but deliver low volume.  These impeller vanes are under a higher tension in the housing which makes the pump more susceptible to damage from contaminated water or dry operation.
Every manufacturer has their own recommended service interval for impellers.  Pressure type impellerIn general, the short vane, high pressure-low volume impeller should be replaced annually/100 hrs; the floppy vane, low pressure-high volume impeller should be replaced every 3 years/300 hrs.  And of course, both should be replaced when cooling problems occur.  If the impeller is damaged with blades missing, make sure that you find the missing blades.  They could be stuck downstream from the pump interfering with proper flow.
Pressure type impellerNow that you’ve got the basics, it’s time to check your maintenance records and the manufacturer’s recommended service interval.  When was the last time your engine’s impeller was changed?  Call now to schedule service!

Open for Service!

Outboard service at Park Marine BaseThe days are getting longer and despite an occasional cold front warmer.  It’s time to think about getting your boat ready for summer.  Soon we’ll be basking in sun beams and warm water.  This time in between should be used to get ready and geared up for the season.  To help with that, we are open.  Our April hours are Thursday 10 am – 2 pm and Friday & Saturday 9 am – 5 pm.  Boat and engine service is available.  Call us now for spring service.

The lake is slowly on the rise.  Our scheduled dock opening still looks good for May 15th.  We’ll keep you posted on any changes.  We still have some boat slip openings.  Call now to reserve your slip.Boats moored at Park Marine Base on the Great Sacandaga Lake