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Old 05 January 2005, 14:54   #1
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Fresh Water Flushing Optimax

Due to an attempted theft of my trailer, I was unable to recover Farfetched and she has been in the water in Berthon since 24th December (12 days). She is being lifted by Berthon tomorrow back onto her trailer but the engine will not be flushed by fresh water.

My normal practice has been to flush the engine with fresh water (by running the engine using using muffs) when I recover her - normally after about 7 days in the water or less.

Question 1

Should I flush her with fresh water after every trip even if she is staying in the water in a berth? Of course, I raise the engine at the end of each trip. Or is it OK to do it only when I recover her back to the hard standing?

Question 2

Should I worry that she has not been flushed this time - after 12 days in the water? I could get an engineer from Berthon to do it, but at a cost of 40 - 80. I am not going to be in Lymington for a month possibly....

Question 3

How often do I need to run the engine - and the 6hp 4 stroke auxilliary for that matter? Can I leave the big engine for 6 weeks or more (how long?) with the boat on hard standing without running it? I intend to run the auxilliary once every three months.

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Old 05 January 2005, 16:12   #2
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Ok,..I think in the real world its great to flush your engine after every trip out, but not everyone does. If you can flush it it will just help it go on for that bit longer. But i wouldnt worry to much about it.
Im not sure that you can flush the engine when its in the water, And obviously dont trim it up to put muffs on it while the boat is in the water. (if that makes sence).

I would not worry that its not been flushed after 12 days, just flush it next time you get the chance.

Your Auxilliary, engine if it were me i would check it worked every time i went out, Which is what i do with the boats at work But that maybe me being parranoid. If the Main motor breaks then its good to know the other will start!!.
Leaving the engines for a few weeks is not such a problem. The only thing i would say is, with the Opti dont run the fuel out of it. This will overheat your fuel pump and knacker it (if you do it regularly) Its probably a good idea to get some Fuel Stabilizer and put it in you fuel tank/s This just stops the fuel from deteriating while the engines are not being used. Old Fuel can cause lots of problems.

You can buy proper Flushing attachments for the Optis which will be better than using muffs, Speak to your nearest dealer for advise on how to use it etc.

Hope this helps.
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Old 05 January 2005, 18:00   #3
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don't worry about flushing your engine, a couple of times a year is fine. Run for about 15/20 mins at no more than 2000rpm.

You would be far better off running your Aux in fresh water after each use, as the water ways in the smaller engines are very small and are far more likely to block up, just when you realy need it
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Old 05 January 2005, 18:13   #4
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And obviously dont trim it up to put muffs on it while the boat is in the water. (if that makes sence).
I understand the point, but why not - is it crazy to run the engine trimmed right up if you have a tap on the jetty?

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Its probably a good idea to get some Fuel Stabilizer and put it in you fuel tank/s This just stops the fuel from deteriating while the engines are not being used. Old Fuel can cause lots of problems.).
How old is old? After how long does fuel 'go off'

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Old 05 January 2005, 18:15   #5
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don't worry about flushing your engine, a couple of times a year is fine. Run for about 15/20 mins at no more than 2000rpm.

You would be far better off running your Aux in fresh water after each use, as the water ways in the smaller engines are very small and are far more likely to block up, just when you realy need it
I normally flush it at tickover for about 5 mins - should I really do it for longer at higher revs?

Good point on the aux - I intend to run it on the hardstanding using the muffs
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If you're only going to flush an engine a couple of times a year thats used infrequently then perhaps 15/20 mins is a good idea. But if you flush it each time its used before the salt has time to crystalise or corrode anything etc then I think 5 mins should be fine. Remember that no matter how technically advancved it is, all two-strokes like revs, not low speed running.

I always flush it through each time, but I'm like that.

I wouldn't worry about this one time for a couple of weeks, if you are usualy particular about it then the water galleries should be in good shape anyway.

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flushing

when flushing just run engine up till it gets to normal running temp,dont need to rev it up.
Neat petrol held in a tank will last a good couple of months, its when it is mixed with oil that is degrades a lot quicker.
As adviced earlier if worried just add fuel stabiliser.
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Old 06 January 2005, 03:08   #8
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Neat petrol held in a tank will last a good couple of months, its when it is mixed with oil that is degrades a lot quicker.
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I have a 160 litre tank. Put in 115 litres (filled her) five days ago. So assume there will not be a problem if I do not empty her before March / April.

But I have a 22 litre auxilliary plastic tank that I filled 5 October and have not touched since.....

Clearly I should use that as soon as I have the space in my main tank.

Where do I get stabliser? What is it - product name?

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You can smell when the fuel has gone off!, it wont smell like fuel usually does.
The Part number for Quiksilver fuel stabilzer is....

92-802875Q1 For non concentrate which 30ml treats 3.78 litres.(bottle is 355ml)

Or

92-802876Q1 For Concentrate which 30ml treats 22.71 litres (437ml Bottle)

Not sure on the price,speak to your nearest dealer for a price.
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When I leave my boat in the marina, I trim the engine up, attach the muffs and hose, trim down then run the engine as normal for about 1 min to flush through, shut down, trim out and remove hose and muffs.

No worries.
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