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Old 12 December 2007, 15:39   #1
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Winterising - Should I bother

I am planning on using the boat over the winter period and would expect at least one outing a month if not 2.

I keep the boat in a drafty old Barn however it is dry although temps will drop to below freezing (I know this cause some water in the bilge had frozen when I was last there)

The question is do I need to bother winterising the Etec if its not going to be stood for more than 3-4 weeks at a time?

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Old 12 December 2007, 16:41   #2
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Old 12 December 2007, 21:09   #3
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Might be worth leaving the engine tilted all the way down and sticking a quick spray of fogging oil down the bores each time just in case we get a prolonged period of awful weather. (don't forget that Etec plugs are indexed)

I've tried not to winterise before but had to because the weather has been so bad for so long.
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Old 13 December 2007, 02:45   #4
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I don't bother and indeed mine sits outside during the winter. I do usually manage to get it in at least 1 a month and failing that will run the engine on the flush muffs until the tell tale runs warm.

Very good advice about storing with the engine leg down.

Also in the equation is that it doesn't freeze down here (although with an East wind you would think it was)

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I wasn't going to bother , but the recent weather has meant the boat has sat there for a month now .
Its so quick and easy to fog the etec using the auto fogging I thought why not , so I did it today . Its not like a 4 stroke with sumpfull of oil give protection .

I also serviced the trailer and fitted my bearing savers .
I would say just cleaning out the old grease and re greasing the wheel bearings etc could save a lot of grief . Mine are nearly new but the grease was knackered and the bearings just begining to corrode . first turn next season would have meant death to the bearings .
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Old 13 December 2007, 19:40   #6
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Does the Etec leg evacuate all the water after switch off, in the same way the Opti's do?

Keep the fuel tanks and oil tanks topped up, auto fogging seems nice
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I also would like to know for sure if a Evinrude 90hp 92 has lost all of its water if it out of the water.
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Much smaller engine but...

Hi,

I've got a much smaller engine than you guys - 20hp Yamaha 2 stroke. I've left it in the workshop so far since last use in early November.

Should I be thinking about winterising it at all?

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Hi,

I've got a much smaller engine than you guys - 20hp Yamaha 2 stroke. I've left it in the workshop so far since last use in early November.

Should I be thinking about winterising it at all?

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It's worth winterising if it's got fuel in. It's no real hardship to spray a bit of oil down the bores and put some fuel stabiliser in it.
If nothing else drain the carbs and turn it over regularly.
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It's worth winterising if it's got fuel in. It's no real hardship to spray a bit of oil down the bores and put some fuel stabiliser in it.
If nothing else drain the carbs and turn it over regularly.
Which stabiliser would you use ?
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