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Old 07 February 2007, 05:32   #1
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winterising yer outboard!

has everyone here done theirs???
i havent, and this change of weather worries me abit. anybody have any experience of these things?
mines on the south coast and out of the water in a fairly sheltered enviroment so i'm hoping its going to be ok specially as the weathers meant to be changing again toward the end of the week.
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I am surprised? surely with the average interval between your successful outings it is necessary after every trip (whilst waiting for next delivery of glue/hypalon on the big boat from the UK ) or are the Luxton Sausages now doing the business!
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has everyone here done theirs???
i havent, and this change of weather worries me abit. anybody have any experience of these things?
mines on the south coast and out of the water in a fairly sheltered enviroment so i'm hoping its going to be ok specially as the weathers meant to be changing again toward the end of the week.
Don't worry. Unless its old and you ain't going to use it until march. If so just throw oil and grease everywhere.
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I am surprised? surely with the average interval between your successful outings it is necessary after every trip (whilst waiting for next delivery of glue/hypalon on the big boat from the UK ) or are the Luxton Sausages now doing the business!
The "temporary sausage" is working nicely and I've been out a few times since fitting that with no problems apart from needing to inflate the tube again before each outing as it loses pressure overnight. Full versions now made by Paul Tilley and should now be in a container probably leaving Tilbury on Saturday, arrival in about 5 weeks

Back on topic, my original comment was facetious since its the middle of summer here at the moment (not that you'd notice - global warming - bah! can we have some down here please) but I never bothered winterising mine in the winter either - I just made sure I used it about once a month for an hour or two. To be honest, as you can't buy stuff like fogging oil here, I don't think most people bother with it at all and I don't know of a massive tip full of seized up outboards. I do have some fogging oil now but I don't expect I will use it this winter either. All I ever did was flush with fresh water and make sure it is trimmed in as far as it would go so the water was all drained out, and I didn't have any problems despite some fairly hard frosts last winter.

What is supposed to happen to them if you don't winterise them? Aero engines get "inhibited" if you aren't going to use them for six months but nobody does with any other engines so I don't really see the point - a car engine will (fairly) happily sit for a year without being used, the only thing that ever goes wrong is that sometimes the oil seals will dry out and leak on re-starting.
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