Changed the spark plugs in the Honda 9.9 hp outboard

Middle of February 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico

 It was time (or rather not the right time) but it needed to be done. Confused? We should do our yearly maintenance before we lay up on the boat for the summer. So at the end of the sailing season, at the beginning of hurricane season, we should have done this. However because of my hip replacement and other factors we did not. So it is getting done now and again when we tie up for hurricane season getting us back on schedule (not a good sail word).
Our 2012 Honda 9.9 hp outboard sitting on our stern. I had to sit on the stern rail to do the spark plug work.
As you can see the bottom spark plug is a bit of a challenge. Not real hard but takes some contouring of the hand and is a bit awkward to get at. This could be because I was sitting on the stern rail and the bottom cover was still on. The bottom cover really does not need to come off to do the job. It would be more work to take off the cover than to work with it on.
This spark plug had some oil on it?

Our tube of anti-seize is kind of beat up but still functions.

ours is an old tube...looks like it is not sold in tube any more? 


Both old plugs out.
We used Super Lube on the top of the spark plugs to keep the boot end from sizing up. It is the same grease as the type sold for the job.
 This job is all done and the 2012 Honda 9.9 hp outboard is back together. Next phase is to move the boat close to the dock where the motor is and do the other maintenance. Such as zincs, oil change, lower end gear grease change, fuel filer change etc.


Removing bracket on Beta diesel engine and hose fix

Middle of February 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico

Removing the bracket on Beta diesel engine. We got the two bolts off without much of a problem. No cracked knuckles...just a little awkward. One holds the house battery bank ground. We cleaned up the ground but it was in good shape anyway. The bracket made it a bit difficult to get at the impeller. Not any more!
Cleaned up the House battey bank ground cable and lubed it.
We spotted a leaky split hose. It was just wet around the top
when running the engine. We decided it would be better to fix it.
Bracket gone. At Beta Marine they now sell touch up paint in a bottle with a brush. So no more using messy spray paint. We will order some next trip to the US.
The white is powder that got flung around to prevent bugs.

This fix still leaked so I wrote into the Beta forum
and was told to use a solid hose clamp and could replace the hose.
The hose is still in good shape (six years old) so we went looking for a solid hose clamp like what we took off. We wanted to replace it with a new one.
New with old hose clamps.
Got some new solid SS hose clamps for the 3/4 inch hose.
We then cut off about an inch of hose to get fresh hose. We heated the top area of the hose up some and slipped it on with a new solid hose clamp. And that, as they say, is the end of that story.



Honda 9.9 hp outboard got new fuel filter, oil, gear oil etc

Middle of February 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico

 We first moved the boat next to the dock with the Honda outboard as close to the dock as we could get it.
New zincs next to old zincs. The zincs were not really that bad. The motor is out of the water most of the time. If we are tied up to a dock and we are going to be in town or at a resort we will tilt the motor out of the water. Of course on the beach landing using the dinghy wheels the motor is on land!
Next was draining the oil which went fine.

Then we looked for the new Honda outboard oil filter and we did not have one! Darn. So off to town to find one.
Our first stop was AutoZone as it is well stocked.
We decided to look for more Beta diesel fuel filter. We have one but I think at least two spares is best.  At AutoZone we found the Honda oil filters cross referenced to a Fram filter. We got two. We also picked up a second spare oil filter for the Beta diesel. I did lose my UK Sails baseball cap as it flew off while we were riding in a pulmonia.
Pulmonia statue on the Malecon of Mazatlan
Our next stop was NAPA where they had the Beta diesel fuel filters.
Well, they ordered four fuel filters for us. Should be a few days. Just as spares, in case.... And at NAPA they gave us each free T-shirt!
After NAPA we stopped at this shop and got some gear oil
and pump to make that process a lot easier and not as messy.
We had this tube of gear oil for the Honda 9.9 lower end but the process with this is a lot messier.

I decided not to waste the tube so I used it and it was messy. Also it was not enough so I had to drain the lube out again and start over rather than mixing gear oils. It did flush out the gears though.😟 So I guess if I had read the manual then I would have known how much the Honda would take? So from now on we will use the pump and quart containers. It was much easier. Also I think it took about half a quart.

We had a heck of a time getting the lower Philips screw out and with repeated tries with the impact screw driver it would not budge.
The head of the screw was starting to get wrecked so I did the no-no and used the screw driver and put it on the edge of the screw and used the impact driver to whack the screw driver. Impact driver right? Anyway it worked and broke the screw loose. We do have a spare screw which we used in the end.
Done!
A little harder over water and on the other side of the motor when standing on the dock.
Next we put on the new oil filter
and Debbie started adding oil - here she
is checking the oil level.
Debbie adding oil.
And getting it right.
Old fuel fiter in rubber casing.
New fuel filter installed.
We also touched up some places with some white Rust-Oleum paint where there was some peeling paint. It is inside where it is not seen.
Time to put the casing back on and cover.
Here I am connecting the two overflow hoses to the casing.
And wa la - all done!

Surf spots and Mazatlian surf tour - Part 2 of 3

Middle of February 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
These beaches were long and fun to ride on. Once in a while we would run over a dip and bounce around. We would go right around the point or cut up over land to the next beach.
Every so often we would come across one of these nets.
They work during high tide. There seemed to be two separated by say 50 yards.
A regular RR crossing at a small village, no lights or gate
but a sign and some gravel to ride on!
We think the tracks on the right are not used any more.
This is an all-wood structure that looked to be a restaurante - in it's day.
This structure is about 50 yards away
from the all-wood one...this looked abandoned too.

Surf spots and Mazatlian surf tour - Part 1 of 3

Middle of February 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico

Our friend Jack offered to take us to some beaches just north of Mazatlán for an off-road tour.  The places we went were all off road and there was no going there without four wheel drive - fortunately, he had that kind of vehicle!

Our first little road was a nice, tree lined road until the RR tracks. Then it was cross the tracks over a dirt crossing, if you could call it that. .
I got gate duty.
The nice tree lined road.
The hole in the brush we came from.
The Pacific Ocean.
We wound around the dirt path or rutted road and then we drove along the RR tracks. I mean right next to them so we could ride on the gravel as best we could. No place to go if a train came. The train would not hit us but it would be real close to us going by. Luckily no train came while we were riding along side the tracks at different times during the day. Trains however did go by on the tracks just not when we were by them.  This is a surf spot and the path out is through the rocks. It is hard to see at high tide so someone built the art work so you could see where to come in at high tide. You surf here you more than likely will be the only one around for miles!
Surf art.
Jack holding a snake skeleton. Jack is 74 and still surfing strong!
Debbie and Jack contemplating the world.
Debbie was shell looking. We take nothing from the shore.
Debbie did build her own art work.
A shrimp boat doing its thing.

There are some spots to anchor around but not well protected. Perhaps for a day surf trip or a one night anchor. Very peaceful with a few small villages around.