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Clymer’s New Mercruiser Stern Drive Shop Manual

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We are excited to announce our new Mercruiser Stern Drive manual. It now covers 9 more model years (the previous version only went to 2004)!

The new manual is for Alpha, Bravo One, Bravo Two and Bravo Three Stern Drives from 1998-2013. As with previous editions, it covers tools and techniques, troubleshooting, adjustments, tune-ups, winterizing, and an in-depth look at each system. It also features a quick reference section as well as the detailed wiring diagrams you love.

Here is a list of the stern drives covered in this new edition:

1998-2013 MerCruiser Alpha One 1998-2013 MerCruiser Bravo One 1998-2013 MerCruiser Bravo Two 1998-2013 MerCruiser Bravo Three


And these engines — all are 1998-2013:

3.0 L 4.3 L 5.0 L 5.7 L 350 Mag MX 6.2 L 454 Mag 502 Mag 496 Mag 496 Mag HO 7.4 L MPI

You can see the manual, it’s table of contents, and other information here.… Read the rest

Winterizing Your Boat

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You probably don’t want to hear this, but the end of boating season is coming in just a couple short months — in some parts of the country where winter comes early, you may be facing that in a matter of weeks. While you don’t have to winterize, a few hours of preventative maintenance will save you a lot of cash come springtime. Here’s what you should look for if this is your first winter with your boat.

First, think about your storage options. This is the one case where land is better than water for your boat. Wintering on the water can cause buildup on the hull, damage from lack of slack in ropes, and ice damage to the hull in really cold locales.… Read the rest

Summer Boat Maintenance Tips

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Odds are you have already taken the boat out on the water this season. As much fun as that can be, there is some needed basic maintenance that goes along with the good times. Boating Basics pointed out recently that 8% of boating accidents are maintenance related, so let’s do our part now to make the most of your boating season. Refer to a general boating manual or the specific manual for your make/model.

Keep it clean

No, I’m not talking about the time you spilled beer on your bucket seats. The exterior of the boat needs to stay just as clean as the interior, and it’s arguable that the hull should stay even cleaner than the cabin.… Read the rest

Spring Pre-Season Boating Tune-Up

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The winter that seemed like it would never end, has finally ended. Warmer weather means boating season! If you have not even looked at your boat since it last touched water last fall, you have some work to do. Fear not friend; follow this handy checklist for advice on how to get your boat back in the water, and running like new.


Take a quick look over (or, in this case, under) your boat. Leaks can be nasty things, so make sure you won’t have any this spring. Look for the obvious cracks and dents, but also blisters or residue.… Read the rest