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Why A Four Stroke Outboard Is Best from Cordova Outboard, Inc. in Cordova, AK

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. Cordova Outboard, Inc., in Cordova, AK 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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Differences In 4-Stroke and 2-Stroke Engines in Cordova, AK

Advantages of Honda 4-Stroke Trimmers

One of the most disliked parts of lawn maintenance is trimming, and for good reason. Historically, trimmers are heavy, the smell of burning gas is overwhelming, and grass gets all over you. There’s not a lot you can do about getting grass on your clothes except to be more careful when you trim. However, with Honda’s 4-stroke engines, you can make trimming a more pleasant job. 


Fuel 

There are a couple of reasons that Honda’s 4-stroke engines are better than 2-stroke engines when it comes to fuel. When you use a 2-stroke engine, you have to mix gas and oil – and in the correct proportions – adding a step to an already sometimes tedious job. With 4-stroke engines, however, you don’t have to mix, because they use only straight unleaded gasoline. 


The design means that you use fuel more efficiently, and that means you spend less money on lawn maintenance. Honda tested the HHT25 against a 2-stroke competitor, and you’ll be amazed at the results. These savings are based on an average of $3.00/gallon of gasoline, $0.27/oz for oil, and using a 50:1 mix of gas and oil in the 2-stroke engine. 


Running Time (hours) - 100

Honda HHT25 Fuel Cost - $45.40

Competitor Fuel Cost - $92.40

Savings - $47.00


Running Time (hours) - 200

Honda HHT25 Fuel Cost - $90.80

Competitor Fuel Cost - $184.80

Savings - $94.00


Running Time (hours) - 300

Honda HHT25 Fuel Cost - $136.20

Competitor Fuel Cost - $277.20

Savings - $141.00


Comfort


4-stroke engines don’t just save you money, though. They are lighter, so you’ll be able to work more quickly and be less tired when you’re finished with your lawn. Traditional 2-stroke engines also have higher vibratation. If you’re like many people and have carpal tunnel syndrome or something else that is irritated by vibrations, you’ll quickly forget spending the next day recuperating from the aches that come after using a 2-stroke trimmer.


Even better, the cleaner-running engine means that you won’t have to deal with the traditional smell of burning oil and gas, and it runs more quietly. 


So instead of listening to the raspy sound of a 2-stroke engine, smelling gas/oil burn, and carrying around heavy vibrating equipment, you’ll be in relative comfort with the 4-stroke engine. 


Quicker, More Efficient Work


When you eliminate mixing oil and gas, your worktime is already cut. There are other time-saving advantages of the 4-stroke engine. 4-stroke engines start more reliably, shaving more minutes off your lawn work. And because the engine works in any position, you can easily adjust quickly to cut even the steepest slope without losing time. 


Honda makes two 4-stroke engines for trimmers: the GX25 and GX35. While the two engines have slightly different specifications, they’re both designed with your time and comfort in mind. When you use a 4-stroke engine, you’ll love it.

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Honda Power Equipment in Cordova, AK

Cordova Outboard, Inc. is proud to carry Honda Power Equipment products. Why? Because we only want to offer you products that you can trust and believe in. We want you to leave our store as a satisfied customer – and to have a positive experience both in our store and when you return home with your product. With Honda, we can be confident that you will be happy for years to come.


Honda has manufactured over 100 million power products worldwide since 1953. Over these years, they have developed power equipment like generators, lawn mowers, and snow blowers that have transformed the industry with new innovations and technology that rethinks how we use power equipment. In terms of durability, Honda doesn’t skimp. The quality of their manufacturing and parts is top notch. That’s why Honda has over 40 million satisfied power equipment customers in the United States. It’s common for us to see customers with Honda products that are 20 or 30 years old, and still working without problems.

Honda Power Equipment offers more than 70 models in six major product families, including brush power equipment.


You can purchase:

Generators: from 1,000 watts to 10,000 watts in models designed for residential, recreational, and industrial applications.

Lawn Mowers: 21-inch push-type and self-propelled models for premium residential and commercial gardening applications. Honda's full line of lawn mowers meets rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.

Pumps: a wide variety of general de-watering, multi-purpose, commercial, and submersible models with discharge capacities from 37 to 433 gallons per minute.

Snow blowers: wheel drive, track drive, and lightweight models capable of moving from 1500 to 3000 lbs of snow.

Tillers: mini- mid- and rear-tine models.

Trimmers: three trimmer models in a variety of trim heads, engine sizes, and handle design choices, as well as the Honda VersAttach® system, a multi-tool system featuring 2 power heads and six attachments.


Contact Cordova Outboard, Inc. for your Honda Power Equipment needs. 

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Honda and Cordova Outboard, Inc. Raise the Bar with VTEC® Technology

When it’s time for a new boat or repowering your current one, consider a Honda outboard marine engine with VTEC® technology. Honda engines offer advanced technology and exclusive features that can’t be found anywhere else. We have raised the bar with the Honda Variable Valve Timing & Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®) by giving a broader, flatter torque curve and smooth power delivery throughout the engine’s operating range. 


How does VTEC® work? VTEC® varies the lift and duration of the intake valves to deliver optimal performance at both low and high rpm, resulting in peak performance at all speeds. VTEC® uses two cam lobe profiles to operate the intake valves. The low-lift, short duration cam lobes provide strong torque at low rpm. At higher rpm, a synchronizing piston engages the third rocker arm on a high-lift cam. All three rocker arms are locked together. The intake valves are open for a longer period of time to produce more power. This results in a superior combination of power, torque and efficiency.  

Check out all our VTEC models at Cordova Outboard, Inc., to see how this exclusive Honda technology can benefit you!

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Top Eight Most Useful Generator Accessories in Cordova, AK

Generator accessories will ensure that your generator is working properly and easier to move around, outdoors. Remember that the only safe place to have a generator is outdoors, away from doors and windows. These are eight of the most popular generator accessories that you can use, to keep your generator running optimally:

Optimate 3 Charger – The Honda Optimate 3 Charger will automatically recover, monitor and maintain all types of batteries from 2.5 to 32 amp-hours with its advanced diagnostic program, so your Honda generator is always ready to start when you need it.

Transfer Switch - *A transfer switch is essential to safely connect a generator to a home. A transfer switch is required by the National Electric Code for any connection of power to a home. A Transfer Switch isolates the generator, allowing a safe connection, so it cannot accidentally electrify external power wires. 

Power Inlet Box - *Inlet boxes are mounted on the outside of a home to avoid running a power cord through a window or door.

Extension Cord Sets – Extension cord sets ensure proper delivery of electricity from the generator to power outdoor items. If you choose not to install a transfer switch, you would also need extension cord sets to power indoor items, such as a TV or refrigerator.

Cold Weather Kit – Honda designed cold weather kits that are unique to a specific generator. A small heating coil that fits inside the crankcase breather tube, prevents water from freezing inside the crankcase, due to severely cold weather. If ice forms in the breather tube, it can block the air flow, causing the generator to not work properly and/or leak oil. 

Wheel Kit – Lifting a generator can be quite a challenge. Honda has a 2-wheel kit and a 4-wheel kit with rubber tires that makes moving a generator effortless. 

Generator Cover – Protect the Honda generator from rain, sleet and snow, with a custom-fitted, water resistant generator cover.

Lockwrap – A lockwrap is a neoprene cover that keeps ice, snow and debris out of combination locks.

*Power inlet boxes and transfer switches must be installed by a qualified electrician and the connection must comply with all applicable laws and electrical codes.


Cordova Outboard, Inc., 211 Breakwater Ave Cordova, AK 99574, (907) 424-7202 is here to answer your questions about generators and generator accessories. We carry a wide variety of accessories in stock and can help you choose the right ones for your needs!


To learn more about operating a generator safely, check out our Generator Safety article.


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Ten Boating Safety Tips in Cordova, AK

Safety should always be a top priority on boating excursions. Learn about a boating safety mobile app, a free online boating safety course and more boating safety tips.


1.  Wear Life Jackets

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. Auto and manual inflatable life jackets require maintenance. Make sure that there are life jackets for all dogs who are on your boat. Rough water, bad weather or fatigue can potentially be dangerous for dogs, when they are swimming.

  

2.  Be Prepared For An Emergency

• Everyone on the boat should wear a life jacket

• Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) with a clip, that can be clipped onto a life jacket

• First aid kit

• Very High Frequency (VHF) radio with a hail or public address function

• Flashlight and extra batteries

• A mirror that can be used to signal help

• Fire extinguisher. Make sure that everyone on your boat knows where it is and how to use it

• A waterproof whistle can be used to call for help

• Ropes can be used to pull someone, who has fallen overboard or for securing your boat to a dock


3. Take A Boating Safety Course

There are several online boating safety courses available, including a few free courses. Check out the BoatUS Foundation for a free online boating safety course developed for each state.


4. Download USCG Boating Safety Mobile App

The U.S. Coast Guard has a Boating Safety Mobile App with information that is most frequently requested by boaters. 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.


5. Get Your Boat Checked

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary performs a vessel safety check. A Vessel Safety Check is done at your boat and usually takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of your boat. Some boating insurance agencies offer discounts for vessels which undergo a Vessel Safety Check annually. Fifteen minutes could save your life and the lives of your family. 


6. Check Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast or shorecast 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. 


7. Check For Dangerous Fumes

After refueling your boat, open all the hatches and smell for fumes. If detected, do not start the engine. Carbon monoxide could unexpectedly knock anyone on the boat, unconscious. Make sure there’s a carbon monoxide monitor in every confined space on your boat. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless poisonous gas which is emitted by all combustion engines and onboard motor generators.


8. Follow Navigation Rules

The Navigation Rules for vessels establish actions for boaters to take, to avoid a collision. The Navigation Rules are available in any boating supply store. It is mandatory that a copy of the Navigation Rules be kept aboard all vessels over 39.4 feet (12 meters) in length.


9. File A Float Plan

It’s very important to file a float plan with a friend or relative, for every boating excursion. The Float Plan should have detailed information about where you’re boating and the time you will return.


10. Schedule Maintenance For Your Honda Outboard

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Refer to the Honda owner’s manual for additional maintenance information. Contact Cordova Outboard, Inc., 211 Breakwater Ave Cordova, AK 99574, (907) 424-7202 for servicing and Honda Marine Accessories.



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Get Peace of Mind With Honda Outboards in Cordova, AK

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 Cordova Outboard, Inc., 211 Breakwater Ave Cordova, AK 99574, (907) 424-7202 for Honda Marine outboards, accessories, parts and maintenance.

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The Power of Boating Celebration in Cordova, AK

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 Cordova Outboard, Inc. 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 Cordova, AK

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 Cordova Outboard, Inc.

Cordova Outboard, Inc. 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 Cordova Outboard, Inc., 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. Cordova Outboard, Inc. 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? Cordova Outboard, Inc. can help! We carry most common parts in stock, or we can get them for you quickly. And at Cordova Outboard, Inc. you can feel confident you’ll always be getting genuine Honda parts – not some cheap aftermarket knock off.

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


Cordova Outboard, Inc. is proud to be your local Honda Marine experts here in Cordova, AK. We hope you’ll stop in and see us soon!

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Snow Blower Safety Tips in Cordova, AK

Winter is still hanging on! Do you know how to use your snow blower safely? Follow these Safety Tips to blow snow more efficiently and safely. Following these tips can help you blow snow more efficiently and safely:


·      Don’t wear clothing that dangles and can get caught in a snow blower’s moving parts.

·      Before you start using a snow blower, remove impediments such as wires and newspapers that can clog or damage the machine.

·      When your area has had several inches of accumulated wet snow, you may experience issues with your snow blower clogging. When snow clogs the machine, it’s important that you NOT try to fix it using your fingers/hand. Most people think right after they turn the machine off, the blades won’t rotate. WRONG! In fact, each year statistics show hundreds of people suffers from finger and hand injuries due to improper snow blower handling.  Honda two stage snow blowers include a special declogging tool. Always use it to unclog your snow blower!

·      Gas-powered snow blowers can create carbon monoxide poisoning if the area isn’t properly ventilated. So stay away from enclosed areas such as a garage or shed when you start and run this type of snow blower.

·      When using an HS720 snow blower with electric start, be sure you have an approved outdoor extension cord for your model and connect it to a properly grounded outlet.

·      If it’s extremely cold outside, take frequents breaks to avoid excessive physical exertion that can cause health issues.


Remember all snow blowers aren’t equal as it pertains to steering and control, blower diameter for increased snow removal speed, serrated ice breaking augers, distance control mechanisms and snow throwing capacity/distance to name a few.


Cordova Outboard, Inc., 211 Breakwater Ave Cordova, AK 99574, (907) 424-7202 is here to answer your questions and help with your snow blower needs.

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Generator Safety

Customer safety is extremely important to Cordova Outboard, Inc. and that’s why we want to encourage discussions about generator safety. All too often, we hear about preventable deaths when generator safety isn’t a high priority, resulting in Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning. In fact about 170 people in the U.S. die every year from CO produced by non-automotive consumer products.  


These products include Honda’s engine powered equipment such as generators for the construction and rental industries, backup power during outages, camping equipment and other outdoor events. CO is a deadly, colorless, odorless and can kill within minutes.


Cordova Outboard, Inc. wants you to be safe. Many people don’t know the only safe place to have a generator is outdoors, away from doors and windows. In closed areas, even with open doors and windows, these spaces can trap CO and allow it to quickly build to lethal levels. So we need to learn and share how to practice generator safety.


Did you know generators …

·   Exhaust contains toxic CO.

·   Connected to a building improperly could allow electrical current to feed back into utility lines, creating an electrocution hazard for utility workers.

·   Using a generator with wet hands or in wet conditions could result in electrocution.

·   Run on gasoline and to avoid explosive situations, don’t refuel while the engine is hot and running and keep flammables away from the generator when it’s running.

·   Become very hot during operation and remain hot for a while after the engine stops. Be careful not to touch the muffler while it is hot, and let the engine cool before storing the generator indoors.


CO initial symptoms are similar to the flu (without the fever), shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. Higher level symptoms of CO poisoning include mental confusion, vomiting, loss of muscular coordination and consciousness and death. If you think you have been exposed to toxic levels of CO, get outside immediately for fresh air, call 911 and tell them you suspect you’ve been exposed to CO poisoning. This winter, Cordova Outboard, Inc. wants us all to be safer by telling our family and friends about CO dangers and how we can avoid catastrophes. Consider purchasing CO detectors as gifts for ourselves and loved ones. We definitely want to read our generator manuals and encourage others to read them too and share the information, and take time to review generator labels for more safety specifics.


Cordova Outboard, Inc., 211 Breakwater Ave Cordova, AK 99574, (907) 424-7202 is here to answer your questions and help with your generator needs.

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Choosing A Honda Generator in Cordova, AK

As winter continues to grip a good part of our country and the weather remains unpredictable, you never know when a generator might come in handy. If the area you live in has frequent power outages, buying a generator might be a good investment and relieve some stress.


Many of us don’t think about the need for a generator until we experience a power failure. Then all kinds of issues arise, including the inability to heat or cool our home, spoiled food in the refrigerator and freezer, inoperable medical equipment, charging your cell phone, and more. 




When choosing a generator, you will want to consider the following:


•      Decide on the size of the generator you need. Keep in mind, many people can use a small generator like the EU2200i to power their fridge, lights, TV, and other critical essentials during outages. If you need to power your well pump, you’ll need to go with a larger model, like the EM5000. Honda has a great tool to help you calculate the wattage you need. https://powerequipment.honda.com/generators/wattage-calculator


•      Decide if the generator will be used as an emergency backup at home or during outdoor activities. If you are interested in using it for more than just emergency back up, consider an EU series generator, which is very versatile and perfect for recreational activities as well as home power.


A couple of safety issues to be aware of when using generators are carbon monoxide and electrocution. Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless and kills people every year, while sending others to the emergency room. Generators belong outside and should never be run in a basement or garage, even if windows or doors are open. Always consult your owner’s manual for other safety concerns and more information.

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