There are many factors which must be taken into account, most importantly is to never exceed the horsepower rating of the boat. Other factors to be taken into account are the weight of the boat, weight of passengers / gear, and your expected use of the boat (do you want to water ski? Troll around your local lake? Etc). To find the best “bang for your buck”, please consult your local dealer and discuss your needs with him / her. They will be more than happy to help you find the best outboard for your particular needs.
Tips for selecting the right size hp for portable outboard motor for your boat.
For your 2-stroke outboard, be sure to use only 2-cucle outboard oil, with an NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) certified fating of TCW3. Never, never, never use automobile oil in your 2-stroke outboard please!
For your 4-stroke outboard, you should use Genuine Hidea FC-W 4-cycle oil, which is NMMA certified and has been specially formulated to handle the higher RPM’s that outboards are subjected to, as well as special rust inhibitors to combat the harsh operating conditions of the marine environment. Genuine Hidea oil reduces friction & wear and ensures the internal components are properly lubricated for optimum performance. If Hidea 4-cycle oil is not available, we recommend using NMMA certified FC-W 4-cycle oil formulated for use in outboard engines. Look for oils bearing the FC-W trademark.
Your Hidea 4-stroke outboard is equipped with an Engines Oil Warning Lamp (except for 2hp, 325hp & 3.5hp). When the warning lamp is off, it indicates that sufficient oil pressure is presented. If the warning up lamp is on (red light) or blinking on/off, immediately shut down your outboard and check the oil level. Replenish as needed. If the oil level is at the appropriate level and the light continues to stay on or blink, consult your local dealer for assistance (please do not use your outboard until a dealer has corrected the problem).
You may notice the engine oil warning lamp come on when you first start your outboard. This is normal and should go off after a few seconds. On cold starts, the lamp may stay on longer due to the oil being thicker. If so, stop the engine and restart and the lamp should go off quickly. If the warning lamp does not go off after 4-8 seconds, stop the engine and consult your local dealer.
Immediately shut down your outboard! Do not start your engine back up until the problem is corrected or you will overheat and severely damage your engine. First check that the water hole is not stopped up (using a wire or air pressure), and then check the water intake on your lower unit and make sure that it is unobstructed. If the water intake is clear, then chances are your water pump impeller that needs to be replaced or you have an obstruction inside your lower unit. Take your outboard to your nearest dealer for inspection.
You should inspect your water pump impeller each year before taking your boat out on the water. We recommend you change your impeller every year at a minimum depending on the amount of use you put on your outboard. One thing to remember is that even if you only use your outboard a couple of times a year you still need to have your impeller checked / replaced every year. Water pump impellers are made from rubber and will deteriorate over time even without being used (commonly referred to as “dry rot”); this can be just as damaging to your water pump as wear and tear.
When used in salt water, we also recommend you lubricate the driveshaft spines and hard ware while changing your water pump and the lower unit has been removed. This greatly reduces problems from salt corrosion on shaft spines and installation hardware.
Yes, the lower unit gear oil has already been added at the factory, however, you should check to ensure it is completely full before starting your outboard for the first time. To replace / add lower unit oil, we recommend changing the oil in the fall before the weather turns cold. This will remove any condensation before freeze damage can occur.
No, Hidea 4-stroke outboards are not filled with oil from the factory. Before you start your 4-stroke outboard, you must add oil to the crankcase. If you do not add oil, you will severaly damage your outboard. Running a 4-stroke without crankcase oil would be like running your car without oil … the engine will seize up and you will end up having to replace the engine block / power head (this type of damage is not covered under warranty). Please consult your owner’s manual for the proper oil type and amount to add and for the proper break-in and operating procedures. Refer to the dipstick or sight glass and do not overfill. Overfilling the crankcase with oil will cause running problems.
Measure from the top of your transom to the bottom of your keel, if it is from 15” to 17” long, you’ll need to get a Hidea outboard with a “short” shaft; if it is from 20” to 22” long, you will need our “long” shaft outboard. Hidea outboard shafts are measured from the bottom of the engine mounting bracket to the cavitation plate on the lower unit. Generally, most boats need either a short or long shaft although some boats require a 25” shaft (ultra-long shaft) outboard.
The break-in period is the most critical time in the life of your Hidea outboard. Correct operation during the break-in period will prolong the life of your new outboard and will ensure optimum performance. Properly breaking-in your new outboard will ensure the initial smooth operation and lubrication of all moving parts (pistons, gears, bearings, etc). See the complete list of break-in procedure for all Hidea outboards.