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Winter Boating Tips

Boating in the winter can be fun and exhilarating. Colder weather requires some additional preparation prior to the boating excursion. We’ve created a list of tips for safe boating in the winter.

                         

Schedule Maintenance

Check your Honda Owner’s Manual for maintenance and safety information. Contact Clemens Marina with questions or to schedule a service appointment.


Bring Extra Clothing, Blankets and Towels

Be prepared for the shock of sudden immersion and incapacitating effects of cold water. Make sure that each person brings an extra change of clothing. Store the clothing, blankets and towels in a waterproof container. 


File A Float Plan

File a float plan with the U.S. Coast Guard via the USCG Boating Safety mobile app. Share the float plan with a reliable relative or friend. Make sure that he/she knows who to call if you do not return home by a specific time. 

                    

Emergency Communication Devices

Carry emergency communication devices (VHF radio, cell phone) and signaling devices (emergency locator beacon, GPS and visual distress signals) on the operator of the boat. 


Dress Properly

Wear layers of clothing, gloves and a hat. A dry suit or a wetsuit are also popular choices for boating in the winter.


Wear A Life Jacket

Make sure that there is a life jacket for each person on the boat. Every person, including the operator of the boat, should wear a life jacket, at all times.


Re-Boarding Device

Make sure the boat has a re-boarding device (ladder or foot sling) that can be used by a person overboard.


Engine Cut-Off Device

Solo operators should always attach an engine cut-off device.


Double Check Weather

Double check the weather conditions and forecast prior to the boating excursion. 

                                  

For questions about preparing your boat for winter boating, contact Clemens Marina, 309 River Ave Eugene, OR 97404-2509, (541) 688-5483.

 

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How To Make Your Boat Faster

There’s nothing like the feeling of boating and pushing the throttle forward, as your boat cuts through the water. Clemens Marina wants to share some tips to optimize the amount of power on your boat to make your boat faster.                         


Upgrade the Propeller

One of the easiest ways to increase the speed of your boat is to upgrade the propeller. Changing an aluminum propeller to a stainless steel propeller should provide an increase of 3 MPH. Honda Marine has a Propeller Selector Tool that guides you to the proper propeller for your boat hull type and boating style.                                    


Reduce Weight In Boat

Reducing the weight in your boat can increase the speed. Three ways to reduce the weight are:

• Remove unnecessary gear and supplies

• Remove extra seats that are not used

• Empty the water tank


Blueprinting For Speed

Return the hull of your original boat to the manufacturer’s original shape and design. Over time, the boat hull will begin to warp and change shape which will create some drag and limit the top speed. Blueprinting can add between 5 and 10 MPH to the boat speed.


Remove Marine Creatures From Bottom of Boat

Marine creatures and barnacles on the bottom of the boat will create drag which decreases the speed of your boat. Removing the marine creatures and barnacles from the bottom of the boat will increase the boat speed. 


If you have questions about a new Honda Marine propeller, contact Clemens Marina, 309 River Ave Eugene, OR 97404-2509, (541) 688-5483.

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Holiday Gifts For A Boater

We’ve created a list of holiday gifts for the boating enthusiast because a great day on the water begins with Honda.


Premium Top Mount Control

Offered in single and multiple engine applications, these control heads feature master trim control on the throttle handle and individual controls on the head unit for dual engines.

                     

Honda Marine Sunbrella Outboard Cover

The Honda Marine outboard covers are available in a custom designed fit for each outboard model. The Honda Marine engine covers are made of Sunbrella fabric, to protect the outboard from moisture and UV exposure.

                            

Honda Marine Gauge

Honda Marine has a variety of gauges that display engine RPM, coolant temperature, fuel level, vessel speed and much more.                    


Low Water Intake Screen

Low water intake screen allows the outboard to be run at a higher position without drawing air into the cooling system through the top of the exposed screen. 

                                  

Gift Card

If you’re not sure which boating gift to buy for your boating enthusiast, give him/her a gift card from Clemens Marina, 309 River Ave Eugene, OR 97404-2509, (541) 688-5483.


For more gift ideas for the boating enthusiast, contact Clemens Marina, 309 River Ave Eugene, OR 97404-2509, (541) 688-5483.

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How To Navigate Shallow Waters in Eugene, OR

Boating in shallow water can be dangerous, especially if the water depth quickly changes. Honda Marine wants to help you be prepared for navigating shallow waters.  



Know Your Boat’s Draft

The draft measures how much a boat is under water, starting from the lowest part of the boat. A boat can ride higher or lower in the water depending on how much weight is carried on a boat. The draft information is usually found in the owner’s manual.



Check the Tides

Always check the tide schedule so you don’t get stranded in a sandbar or shallow waters, until the tide comes back. 



Use A Depth Finder

Use a depth finder to find the bottom surface of the water. By knowing the bottom depth, you’ll know where the dangerously shallow water is, so you don’t ground your boat. Also have charts on your boat, in case you need them. 



Monitor the Color of the Water  

Monitor the water for major changes in the color. Brown water usually means shallow water over reef or rocks. Shallow water on some islands, like the Bahamas, has light turquoise water. 



Keep It Slow

If you think you’re approaching shallow waters, run slowly and stay off plane. 



Honda True 6 Warranty

Honda Marine Jet Drive outboards are perfect for running in shallow waters. The Honda Marine Jet Drive outboard is fully covered by the Honda True 5 Non-Declining Warranty plus a 1 year Extended Warranty Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty, through October 31, 2019. 


Contact Clemens Marina, 309 River Ave Eugene, OR 97404-2509, (541) 688-5483 for Honda Marine Jet Outboards, accessories and servicing.

   

   

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Top Five Fishing Tips in Eugene, OR

A day of fishing with friends is usually a fun way to reconnect and enjoy the summer. We’ve created a list of fishing tips to make the most out of your fishing adventure. 



Boating Safety

All boats must have a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person on a boat, by law. Some states require children to wear a life jacket at all times. Try on the life jacket before buying it. Make sure it is the right fit for your height and weight and that it has a snug fit. Attach a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) with a clip, onto a life jacket. Make sure there is a first aid kit, flashlight, extra batteries and sunscreen on the boat. A VHF radio, fire extinguisher and a whistle can also be used, in an emergency. Did you know that the U.S. Coast Guard has a Boating Safety Mobile App? Features of the app include: state boating information, file a float plan, free boating safety check requests, navigation rules, the latest safety regulations, request emergency assistance and much more.



Schedule Maintenance For Your Honda Outboard

Our dealers and staff go through training and receive updates to tune-up their knowledge of the entire Honda outboard line. Contact {{Dealer Name}} to schedule maintenance for your Honda outboard. Refer to the Honda owner’s manual for additional maintenance information. Contact Clemens Marina, Eugene, OR - (541) 688-5483 for servicing and Honda Marine Accessories.



Choose the Right Bait

For lake fishing, use crickets, worms, minnows and leeches for bait. For saltwater fishing, use shrimp, shellfish, cut bait and bait fish. For artificial lures, use fishing jigs. Identifying the target species will help you narrow down the right bait to use. 



Cast Where the Fish Are

Cast your bait deeper until you discover where the fish are. If varying the lure and depth doesn’t work, then consider changing locations.



Check the Temperature

The hotter the temperature is outside, the deeper you’ll need to fish. Fish like cool temperatures and like to be in deeper, cooler water, as the temperature outside rises. It’s also a good idea to check the weather forecast for storms, lightning and high winds. The marine forecast includes wind direction and speed, wave height, precipitation predictions and storm warnings. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides marine weather forecasts through the National Weather Service. The forecast is updated at least four times a day. 


Finally, a pair of polarized sunglasses will not only block the UV rays and the sun’s glare on the water, but they will help you to see a little better into the water, to locate fish.

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Why A Four Stroke Outboard Is Best from Clemens Marina in Eugene, OR

Boating is a great way to spend time with family and friends. Whether you prefer boating on the lake, bay or ocean, a great day on the water begins with Honda. Honda Marine is celebrating their 55th anniversary of the 4-stroke outboard this year! Why are 4-stroke outboard motors the best? 


• It saves money with a lower operating cost. Four-stroke outboards are approximately 50%

more fuel-efficient than most 2-stroke outboards. No 2-stroke oil is needed, reducing your costs even further.


• Better 4-stroke technology means longer life for the outboard. Four strokes bathe every internal component in oil for consistent lubrication. This design also helps cool engine components, which improves durability. Two-stroke engines rely on gas or air to carry a thin oil film to critical components.


• Four-stroke outboards are approximately 90% cleaner than typical 2-strokes. The 4-stroke motors do not release oil directly into the water. Bonus: Honda outboards have ultra-low emissions. 


• Four-stroke outboards are up to 50% quieter than 2-strokes. The 4-stroke outboards have less smoke and smell which provides a more pleasant operating experience. There is no 2-stroke stink to ruin your day on the water.   

   

Honda continually incorporates technology from our highly advanced automotive and racing heritage. Many Honda outboards also include exclusive technological features found in Honda’s most popular cars including the Honda Accord, Pilot, Odyssey, CR-V and Ridgeline. All Honda outboards are backed by the only 5 year manufacturer’s warranty in the marine industry. 


Make your next boating excursion the best it can be, with Honda Marine. Clemens Marina, in Eugene, OR is here to answer your questions about Honda outboards and the Power of Boating Celebration. This is the perfect time to give your boat a new Honda 4-stroke outboard! 


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Get Peace of Mind With Honda Outboards in Eugene, OR

One of the best things about owning a boat is exploring new places with family and friends. While you’re exploring a lake, ocean or inlet, Honda Marine outboards deliver optimum performance and peace of mind. Honda marine outboards are backed by the industry’s best warranty: Honda True 5 Warranty. Honda is the only one to offer a non-declining 5-year warranty:


Five Year Warranty – No Strings Attached

All new Honda Marine outboard motors purchased for recreational use from an authorized Honda Marine dealer will be warranted against defects in material or workmanship for five years from date of purchase. No catches. No strings attached. 


Genuine Factory Direct Warranty

The True 5 Warranty is offered and fully backed by Honda Marine for the life of the warranty. It’s not a third party “extended service” contract, like most of our competitors offer. There’s a big difference: the third party warranty companies are often more concerned with limiting claim payouts than with satisfying your service needs. 


Non-Declining

True 5 coverage is the same on the last day of coverage as it is on the first. This is not like “pro-rated” warranties that offer decreasing coverage as the warranty approaches its end date. With Honda’s True 5 Warranty, your motor is covered from top to bottom – from the first day to the last day of your warranty.


Fully Transferable

Are you going to sell your boat? No problem. The original engine warranty still applies, even if it changes owners.


Nationwide Service

Honda Marine has a network of over 1,000 dealers throughout the U.S. who are highly trained and equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment. It’s all a part of Honda’s commitment to keeping you on the water and out of the service shop. Isn’t that what it’s all about?


For more details on Honda’s Marine warranties, visit https://marine.honda.com/support/warranty


When selecting outboard marine power, you can trust Honda’s attention to detail and leadership in design will deliver innovation, reliability, power and performance. 


Contact Clemens Marina, 309 River Ave Eugene, OR 97404-2509, (541) 688-5483 for Honda Marine outboards, accessories, parts and maintenance.

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The Power of Boating Celebration in Eugene, OR

There’s nothing more fun than boating in pristine blue water, with friends and family. Spend some time fishing, swimming, water skiing or simply enjoying the sun!  And whether you are looking to get a new boat, or repower, now is the perfect time to get a Honda outboard!


Get Instant Savings with the purchase of any new 40hp-250hp Honda Marine Outboard, through June 3, 2019.


That’s right – you’ll get up to $700 off the cost of any new Honda Marine outboard. With savings like that, what are you waiting for?

Stop by Clemens Marina for all the information. We are here to answer your questions about Honda outboards and the Power of Boating Celebration.

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Basic Marine Outboard Maintenance in Eugene, OR

Many recreational and commercial boat owners use Honda’s four-stroke outboard engines because they require relatively simple maintenance at regular intervals. Even though Honda Marine outboard engines are reliable workhorses, doing some basic maintenance can help extend the life of your Honda outboard.


·      You probably know that seawater is one of the elements that will expedite marine corrosion and require more frequent maintenance if you want to have a long-lasting reliable and efficient engine. Flush the engine with fresh water after each use to get rid of the salt water or use a salt terminator. Salt terminators are designed to dissolve and remove salt build up commonly associated with marine environments and guards against future salt corrosion. Most engines have a port that will allow you to attach a garden hose to make the flushing easier.

·      Pull the Cowlings and inspect your outboard powerheads.

·      Check the basket around the base of the hood to ensure salt water isn’t seeping into the engine. Also the mounting bracket, pivot tube, tilt and trim systems, steering components and cables may come into contact with salt water and need to be rinsed off frequently. 

·      Regularly change the oil and filter and have periodic valve adjustments. Refer to your owner’s manual for needed scheduled service and use a certified technician.

·      Propellers facilitate the engine reaching maximum horsepower at wide-open throttle, and if damaged may need repair and rebalancing. Change the propeller nuts annually. Check the blades regularly to ensure they aren’t bent or significantly dinged up for maximum efficiency, and keep the propeller shaft greased.


Following these tips can help you maintain your Honda outboard engine so that you have many years of peak efficiency.

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Why Buy A Honda Marine Outboard From Clemens Marina

Clemens Marina is proud to offer Honda Marine outboards. Whether you need to repower your boat or you’re looking for a new boat motor package, we are here to help. Why buy from us?


·      We are Honda experts and can help you find the right outboard for your boat. What is the horsepower rating and what is going to work best for your needs? At Clemens Marina, we sell a wide range of outboard motors from 2.3 to 250 horsepower, making them ideal for boats of all sizes.  Our sales team knows exactly how to fit your boat with the right sized motor to get you going.   

·      Customer service responsiveness and knowledge. Clemens Marina is dedicated to give you the best customer support and experience.  When you walk in the door, you’ll know your satisfaction is our top priority.

·      Service Experts here for you. Our technicians have completed hours of Honda Marine training and are true experts. Whether you need basic maintenance or a more complex repair, you will get quality service at a fair price.

·      Many Parts in stock. Need parts support? Clemens Marina can help! We carry most common parts in stock, or we can get them for you quickly. And at Clemens Marina you can feel confident you’ll always be getting genuine Honda parts – not some cheap aftermarket knock off.

·       Warranty support. Clemens Marina is an authorized Honda Marine dealer, so we are able to perform warranty repairs in the unlikely event of an issue.


Clemens Marina is proud to be your local Honda Marine experts here in Eugene, OR. We hope you’ll stop in and see us soon!

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