Outboards? They are increasingly easy to use and, more importantly, to maintain. Forget the Fantozzi scenes of people covered in oil from head to toe for a simple rod check.
A prime example of this trend are the engines in Mercury’s new engine ranges (Verado, FourStroke, SeaPro…), which struck us with a significant detail at the Genoa Boat Show.
The maintenance hatch on the upper grille makes it easy to check the oil level.
In fact, a single pressure with the hand is enough to open the watertight cover, from which the oil dipstick is accessed. The maintenance hatch also provides access to the carrying handle and once closed blends into the calender.
Under the grille, then, there is an illustrative decal that provides clear information on routine maintenance: you will find a quick overview of maintenance intervals, indicating the amount and types related to engine and foot oil, spark plugs, and so on. www.mercurymarine.com