Nearly 50% of the survey respondents reported that they service their 4-stroke engines themselves. We’d thought that 4-stroke maintenance was akin to rocket science, so it’s encouraging to see that many boaters have the ability to perform their own basic maintenance.
In terms of the cost of taking a 4-stroke outboard to the shop to have it serviced, the responses didn’t show a consensus. Some respondents said they paid less than $100 for basic service, some reported the cost as between $200 and $300, and some indicated that they generally paid over $300 for maintenance. What’s the moral of the story? It may pay to shop around.
The number of days it takes for shops to complete 4-stroke maintenance services also seemed to vary. Some reported getting their boat back on the same day, but the majority of boaters responded that they typically wait a couple of days for their outboard engine service to be completed.
If you’re interested in taking part in the survey, there’s still time. Just click on the link below and we’ll add your input to the data we’ve already compiled so far.