Watersnake Motors - Operation and Maintenance Tips

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Customers sometimes ask us for help and tips on how to use their Watersnake motor. This page has a collection of instructions that may be of use to other users.

How to deploy your Watersnake Bow Mount Motor

How to stow your Watersnake Bow Mount Motor

How to replace a Remote Control Fob battery

How to clean the motor after use

Periodic maintenance

End of season / long term storage maintenance



HOW TO DEPLOY YOUR WATERSNAKE BOW MOUNT MOTOR

Failure to deploy your Watersnake as described below may damage your unit, invalidating its warranty, and could injure you and/or other people.


HOW TO REPLACE THE BUTON BATTERY IN THE SWRT REMOTE FOB (SLIDER PRO, COMBAT AND FIERCE MOTORS)



HOW TO CLEAN THE MOTOR AFTER EVERY USE

  • Check your remote control is turned off.
  • Disconnect motor from battery.
  • Recharge battery as soon as possible.
  • Rinse your Watersnake motor with a light spray of fresh water, even after freshwater use. Do not use high pressure as it may drive water and salt inside the motor. Concentrate on areas where salt, dirt and weed fragments are likely to lodge – propeller, motor housing, composite shaft, turnbox, depth collar and exposed parts of deck mount assembly.
  • Deploy your motor and wipe the shaft clean of any salt or dirt. It is recommended to lubricate the shaft before stowing the motor for storage.
  • Wipe these areas with a cloth soaked in warm soapy water and allow to dry.
  • Apply a light coating of a non-staining silicone, petroleum-based or lanolin spray to protect and lubricate exposed parts. Wipe over with a soft, dry cloth.
  • Store your Watersnake motor disconnected from its battery.
  • If boat is stored outdoors, remove Watersnake and store securely indoors in a cool, dry place.
  • If Watersnake is permanently mounted to the boat outdoors, protect it from sun and rain with a tarpaulin or other cover.


PERIODIC MAINTENANCE

  • Disconnect motor from battery. Inspect battery terminals, cables and Anderson Plugs (if applicable) for signs of corrosion. Remove build-up with a small wire brush and treat with anti-corrosion spray.
  • Apply a silicone, lanolin or carnauba wax coating to the composite shaft to ensure free running through the turn box.
  • Remove left and right side covers from the deck mount assembly with Phillips head screwdriver and remove any dirt, salt, mud or debris inside. Gently rinse with fresh water, allow to dry and apply marine grease to all friction points, such as the stow and deploy mechanism.
  • Check for any loose screws/bolts, fasteners in deck mount assembly and upper quick release plate. Retighten as required.
  • Remove motor from bottom quick-release plate and check tightness of bolts against foredeck/gunwale of your boat. Retighten as required.
  • Check condition of Remote batteries for corrosion or leakage. Replace if suspect.


 MAINTENANCE AT END OF SEASON / LONG-TERM STORAGE

  • Disconnect motor from battery.
  • Inspect battery terminals and cables for signs of corrosion.
  • Remove build-up with a wire brush and treat with anti-corrosion spray.
  • Disconnect pedal control.
  • Apply a silicone, lanolin or carnauba wax coating to the composite shaft to ensure free running through the turn box.
  • Remove batteries from Remote Control.
  • Remove motor from boat and store in a cool, dry place away from temperature extremes. Cover your motor to prevent dust and dirt build-up.