Originally Posted by doggypaddle
whats the rationale behind that then codders? I ask because I was always told leave them down so all the rams are closed up and hence the ramrods are in oil and not likely to corrode or suffer damage, and also it ensures all the water runs out of the leg and you dont get a pool in the exhaust behind the prop, which then evaporates in the sun, and condenses in the powerhead (because its cooler as its out of the sun under the engine cover,) and causes corrosion to the cylinder walls and rings.
Well I have a 2 stroke so there is no oil in it.
Looking at the growth that occurs in our harbour I do NOT want it all on my engine. Also metal just doesn't like seawater - keeping it out will preserve your anodes.
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.
It is often said that the reason an outboard is better than a similar sterndrive is that you can keep it out of the water!!!