Prop removal, Grease points and Anodes.
Occasionally it’s necessary to remove your propeller, either for repair, replacement, or just to clean and re-grease the prop shaft, which is something I do annually.
First make sure the power is disconnected then remove the cotter pin from the prop nut.
Next choc the prop
and remove the prop nut and the washer
Remove the spacer and then remove the prop itself.
Clean off the old grease
and apply some good quality marine grease to the shaft
Replace the prop making sure it slides on correctly and is sitting flush.
Refit the spacer, the washer, and then the nut, tighten up and refit the cotter pin.
Every 6 months or so I pump a little waterproof grease into the relevant greasing points, the swivel bracket is particularly important
but there are usually others tucked away on the steering bracket and elsewhere so its prudent to know their locations
The throttle linkage also benefits from a little smear of grease just to help keep things moving free
There are a number of anodes located in and around an outboard which should be inspected at regular intervals, this is especially important if you have your boat on a mooring. If two thirds of the anode has corroded away then replace it, incidentally never paint an anode or it won’t do the job it’s designed to do. Basically it acts as a sacrificial part which corrodes rather than the outboard itself.
These ones are still in good nick with plenty of life left
This one has seen better days
and unless you replace corroded anodes you run the risk of damage like this
Incidentally this is the same model as my outboard but its a year younger!
At the end of the day a little time spent on periodic maintenance is well worth the effort, and it could save on some costly repairs at a later date.
Safe Boating !