Finally after 4 years of convincing my wife that she would really enjoy boating I finally got the go ahead and bought a 3.4m Quicksilver inflatable and Mariner 5hp 2 stroke outboard. Not grand but it's a start
I picked it up last Thursday and took it out for it's maidan voyage at the weekend. I must admit it really enjoyed it and surprisingly so did my wife. Even better still my 2 year old daughter couldn't stop grinning and really enjoyed it, infact she cryed when we called it a day.
But enough of that, down to my real questions.
This is my first outboard and I have been reading up about how to care for it etc but would just like some confirmation. The outboard I bought was new and I guess I should have left it until next year before using it, but I just couldn't wait. What should I do to prepare it for the winter now that I have used it?
When I returned home I ran it up on a bin of fresh water to flush it through, is that ok/good enough? I also washed down the outside of the outboard and dryed it off. Is there anything else I needed to do?
Also reading the manual it seems you can attach a hose to the engine to flush it out, I take it you need to buy a connector for this? If so any ideas where I can pick one up? It saves annoying the neighbours
Finally how should I store this engine for the winter? I have built a wooden bracket on the wall to allow me to store the the engine upright. There is still fuel in the internal tank, does this need draining or should I add something to it to keep it "fresh"? Do I need to grease points, as it was all done when I picked it up.
Sorry for all the questions but now I finally own a boat I would like to make sure I get some trouble free use of it