Oil changes are part of the less glamorous side of cruising, but at least you know that the job has been done properly if you do it yourself.
I'm still working on the no mess bit, but offer these tips:
Keep old oil containers to pump
used oil into
Amass a large quantity of rags and place them where any oil could spill. Keep a few as reserves.
filters first and then run engines to warm up oil and test your work
. If you haven't bled fuel system correctly it will be obvious.
Get the oil to the correct temperature. I use the "hot coffee" rule
of thumb. If it's the warmth of hot coffee it will be thin ( low viscosity) enough to pump
easily, but not hot enough to scald you if you spill on yourself. Warm oil also carries out sediments, so don't pump out cold oil.
Clean the engine and surrounds scrupulously after your service
. That way leaks
are easily detected between services.
what you did, the numbers of filters, the brand and grade of oil, etc. in your Maintenance
Log ( you've got one of those, hey?) to refer to next time.
PS. On a L410, first take all bedding to the other end of the boat
, unless your bed sheets
are already black.