If you’ve ever tried to change the oil in a small boat with an inboard engine you know what a messy and sometimes frustrating experience it can be. Sometimes the plug is almost touching the hull! Once you get the plug out it falls into the bilge where you can’t reach it and you end up spending the rest of the afternoon trying to clean the oil out of the bilge because you couldn’t get a can to catch more than a few drops of the oil!
For those reasons most boaters don’t change the oil nearly as often as they should resulting in more than necessary engine wear. It is a good idea to change your oil often (every 50 to 100 hours), before you store it and before you take it out in the spring. I’ve found some really good tricks for changing the oil on all different types of small marine engines.