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Old 10 January 2009, 14:57   #1
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Freezing weather starting

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I have a person coming to look at my rib tomorrow and wondered if there is anything I need to bear in mind with the cold weather when I fire the engine up, It will probably still be freezing temps in the morning, it is a yamaha F115, will the oil in the engine be ok etc and how should I make sure there is no fresh water left in the engine after running her to make sure that does not freeze and cause any damage??

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Old 10 January 2009, 15:20   #2
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I dont really have any experience but if it was me i would have started it today and ran it in a mix of anti-freeze and water and then wrapped it in a quilt or dust sheets or even polythene.It would even be worth wrapping it up for tonight just like you may protect your windscreen from ice.If posible have fresh fuel.
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Old 10 January 2009, 15:23   #3
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There's a thread her this week about cold temperature ops... Running in cold weather is pretty standard fare over here...

You might consider throwing a charger on your battery just to make sure it's topped up. I have found my new F150 really needs a full battery to fire up.

Oil shouldn't be a problem once it's started, but you'll want to let the engine warm up properly before heading out.

When you haul out, I'd suggest lowering the engine down as far as it will go once on the trailer to make sure the water drains. I even turn the engine over for a couple of seconds to blow any trapped water out from the impellor housing. Also, pop the plug out of your hull and drain any water out...

Otherwise, you'll be good to go!
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Old 11 January 2009, 18:27   #4
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Thanks for the advice, the weather turned in my favour and was about 5 degrees when I started her this morning, as I hoped, not been run for 2 months and first key turn fired straight away :-). I then fully drained the engine of water incase of another cold snap and put cover back on.

Thanks for the help
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Old 16 January 2009, 23:30   #5
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Thanks for the advice, the weather turned in my favour and was about 5 degrees when I started her this morning...
Good to hear. It's -24C here tonight with snow squalls, and 50 kmph winds.

Thank Gawd for the wood stove and this lovely bottle of rum...
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