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Old 09 March 2009, 11:32   #11
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I'll second Blackroady - mostly because if I leave it up when on the trailer I can't shut the garage door behind it!

Left the SR4 engine up tho- made for a far quicker escape in the morning! (No faffing with raising it)
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Old 09 March 2009, 11:38   #12
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Sorry my fault for not reading things properly.

Out of the water - and you did emphasise "out" I would definitely leave the engine DOWN!!!
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Up most definitely.

Something bizzare happened to my boat a while ago. I went to check on it and the engine was down. I was worried thinking the hydraulics had failed. I discovered the hatch on the console had been opened and someone had obviously turned on the battery master switch to do it. The switch was off again but the handles on the hatch werte in a different position.

I was going to raise the engine again when I realised that very cold weather had been forecast so I left it down. The weather got so cold the sea water froze.

I wish I knew who my boat's guardian angel was. No other boat had been tampered with in such a nice fashion!!!
Forgive me if I'm reading this wrong, but you left your engine down in the water when you knew it was going to freeze? I would have thought the engine would have been better out of the water if it's going to freeze? Be interested in the answer to this for the future
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Caveat: It doesn't freeze very often in the area my boat is stored. I don't pay any special attention to whether the motor is up or down, except after it's rained, when I'll drain the exhaust hub to limit mosquito breeding.

Usually, people recommend keeping the motor down. This prevents rainwater from collecting in the exhaust nacelle and freezing (assuming severe enough ambient conditions), which may split the LU.

Manufacturers seem to recommend either lowering the motor, or blocking the motor up and running the tilt/trim rams all the way down (as doggypaddle suggested, it retracts the rams and keeps them out of the elements.) The oil he referred to, I believe, is the hydraulic oil that drives the rams, not the engine lube oil.

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Forgive me if I'm reading this wrong, but you left your engine down in the water when you knew it was going to freeze? I would have thought the engine would have been better out of the water if it's going to freeze? Be interested in the answer to this for the future
Because there could be water in the gearcase/hub and if it freezes it could crack something.
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EVERY outboard in our harbour and in Swansea marina is kept out of the water. Some of those boats have been there 20 years with very old engines and they seem to be fine. The 4 stroke people keep their engines out of the water as well.
Apart from the Tornado with the Yamaha V4 hanging off it, it was left down all the time I was working down there. That was when the marina froze over too.
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I tend to leave the engine down when its out of the water with the logic that the water drains out better.

The Verado owners club suggests it's a good idea for the supercharger for some reason.

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Because there could be water in the gearcase/hub and if it freezes it could crack something.
If there's water in the gearcase I wouldn't be worrying about freezing water
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I would - a dodgy seal is easier to replace than a cracked gearcase!!!
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I would - a dodgy seal is easier to replace than a cracked gearcase!!!
So you wouldn't mind having Salty water sloshing about rusting all your gears and buggering up your bearings then?
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