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Outboard Motor Maintenance: Basics   

Class Overview

When it comes to outboard motors, seasons of neglect will lead to major expenses. Learn the basics that every boater should know about both routine maintenance and annual outboard maintenance. 

For about the same cost as an annual dealership service, you'll learn how to take proper care of your outboard motor and keep it in shape so it will start easily. In this class, learn how to perform all of the maintenance items listed below using new parts on running outboard motors. Plan on getting a little dirty in this class! Personal protective equipment is provided. 

This class will focus on four-stroke gasoline engines 20 hp and less. Each student will have their own outboard motor to work on.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • understand basic anatomy of an outboard motor, plus insights to sourcing parts
  • change the motor oil of your boat
  • change lower unit gear oil
  • inspect, gap, and torque spark plugs
  • change a fuel filter
  • start a manual choke outboard engine and clear flooding
  • fresh-water flush and inspect cooling water flow


Who Might Enjoy This Class?

  • Recreational boaters
  • Anyone interested in learning how to maintain an outboard motor

Welcome to Continuing Education

Continuing Education is the non-credit department of Seattle Central College.  Our classes are for professional development/career enhancement or personal enrichment and are designed for adults in the community.  Continuing Education classes not not qualify for college transcription, tuition waivers or financial aid.  Students may request a certificate upon successful completion.

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Outboard Motor Maintenance: Basics  

6/25/2024 To 6/26/2024 Instructor: Daniel Blanchard
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM                                                                  6 Class Hours                                                                                  
Sessions: 2 Tu W Room: SC - SMA - Elec Lab -SMA0101, 4455 Shilshole Ave. NW Seattle, WA 98107
Fee: $358.00  
Item: Summer17094
  • Format/Location: In-person, Seattle Maritime Academy (SMA) (Address: 4455 Shilshole Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107), Room SMA Electric Lab 101
  • Schedule Notes: The class meets twice a week (Tuesday & Wednesday)
We are unable to process registrations within 3 hours of the start timeon 6/25/2024.
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