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Old 09 October 2007, 11:08   #1
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Country: UK - England
Town: Gloucester
Boat name: Lunasea
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: Suzi 140
MMSI: 232005050
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Best Time for Service

I'd appreciate some advice....

When is the better time to have the engine serviced - at end of season nor start of next season?

I have a Mecury 40Hp 4-stroke. It's new & done about 50 hours this summer.

Also being new to this "big" engine (bolted through transom=big) thing, what's the normal porcess fro service - do you need to haul the entire rig to a service chappie, or can they come out & service the engine on site?

Can anyone recommend a reliable Mercury agent / engineer in the Dartmouth area?

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Old 09 October 2007, 12:52   #2
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Country: UK - England
Town: Far west!
Boat name: Vigilant
Make: Humber
Length: 6m +
Engine: 90hp
Join Date: Feb 2006
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I see you're based in Gloucestershire - personally, I'd stick the boat on its trailer and bring it up to Martin Sams (Samspeed Marine, Falfield just of jct 14 M5). I've known them for years - very reliable and good service.

Hope this helps


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Old 11 October 2007, 15:17   #3
Country: UK - England
Town: Dorset & Hants
Boat name: Streaker/Orange
Make: Avon/Ribcraft
Length: 4m +
Engine: 50Yam/25 Mariner
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I always go for as soon as after the ' decent' weather ends - you never know when it will get good again & the last thing you want is to boatless as its in ' the line' at workshop !
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Old 12 October 2007, 15:25   #4
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Port Logan
Boat name: Red Fox
Make: Zodiac Pro 500
Length: 4m +
Engine: Yamaha 70hp
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I go for end of season and get it winterised at the same time for free as part of the service. PA Lynch, Morpeth, a bit of a long haul for you but recommended for those in the North East!
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Old 12 October 2007, 16:11   #5
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I service mine when its due its annual service in May. I book a couple of months in advance and get the date I want.

I don't winterise as I use the boat all year round.
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