While Yamaha does not recommend deliberate operation of its outboards in oil contaminated water, we realize the outboards will be used in these conditions. Yamaha takes some pride in the fact that so many Yamaha-powered boats are being used in support of cleanup efforts in the Gulf, and we have been monitoring dealer and consumer comments regarding the performance of these outboards. To date, few difficulties have been reported as a direct result of oil contamination.
For outboards that are used in crude oil contaminated water, Yamaha has the following general recommendations:
• Operators should use extreme vigilance in monitoring the water pressure and temperature conditions of the outboard.
• Frequently clean the outboard’s lower unit, using a mixture of liquid dish detergent and water.
• Frequently clear debris from the cooling water intakes using a stiff brush.
Consumer questions regarding use in oil contaminated waters should be directed to Yamaha Consumer Relations at (866) 894-1626.