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Old 20 September 2010, 16:34   #11
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However, the Etec 'extended period' storage mode is so quick and easy, I'd be tempted to run it after every use if the boat was only being run monthly in the winter.
Err, yeah, but I don't KNOW when the next day out will be, 'cos it's WX dependant, might be that week. I have done the "whole monty" only to undo it a few days later. I reckon that if the cooling system is drained of water, the motor is fired every few weeks and the fuel is fresh, there shouldn't be too much trouble. Keeping the battery charged is a must too, obviously...
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Old 20 September 2010, 16:55   #12
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Not 100% sure on applying this logic to outboards but I can't immediately think they would be any different to any other engine in which case running it cold on idle for short runs and never getting it hot and under a decent load, is probably about the worst thing you can do. With most engines you are better off to give it a good long run and lay it up hot and healthy than you are to start it once a month "just to give it a run", under those conditions it never gets hot and probably just gets all sooted up and full of corrosive gunge.

However I am a fully paid up member of the "I have a Fladen suit and don't give a stuff about the temperature" club - as long as my eyes aren't watering too much to see where I'm going, I'll be off, and I've got a Phace for the eye watering days
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Old 20 September 2010, 17:26   #13
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It's a four stroke (Mercury EFI 60). Have been told that you get lots of really nice 'glassy' winter days down here (E. Sussex) over the winter when the southwesterlies give way a bit - could be good for skiing I guess if brave or foolhardy enough...
Hi Max,

Sorry to have missed you the other day, heard that you had a few small probs? all sorted now?.

We try to get out at least once a week all through the winter months. Have just bought some decent wet weather gear at greatly reduced prices from you would never guess..TK Max!

Southwesterlies add to the Fun of it. We had quite a few flat days last winter - probably better than this summer!!

Its when the wind comes from North East it gets Brass monkeys!!

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Old 20 September 2010, 17:34   #14
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Not 100% sure on applying this logic to outboards
Well yes, but that's just 'cos you haven't thought it through. One runs it once a month, ONLY if it didn't get a jolly good hiding up the Lough. So really it's just to coat the surfaces with oils and make everything else turns over a few times. Just in case it doesn't get out in the next week or so. Silly
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Old 20 September 2010, 17:40   #15
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It's a four stroke (Mercury EFI 60). Have been told that you get lots of really nice 'glassy' winter days down here (E. Sussex) over the winter when the southwesterlies give way a bit - could be good for skiing I guess if brave or foolhardy enough...
Would you be less likely to snap up the chance to use it on a nice afternoon in december if you had winterising it properly and would need to repeat this to put it to bed again for hte next 3+ months? If that's the case then I'd adopt the run it regularly route - if its little inconvenience then you should probably go the winterisation route each time even if using it a few times over winter.
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that winter ribbing is good for the soul. You may not go too far or too often, but that "lift" in the short days is a life saver
Hmm .. Ive never considered this but I have the gear so why not ..
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Hmm .. Ive never considered this but I have the gear so why not ..
These were the best of days, especially if the company was right. I'll be continuing the tradition until they plant me and I'd swear it beats vitamins!

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I usually winterize my outboard motors. But as others have said, the thought of going through the whole process again puts you off venturing out during the winter months.

This may be a stupid question but i`ve often wondered if running your motor in a barrell with some anti freeze in with the water would be a good or bad idea?

I nearly always use a barrell instead of muffs, i`ve just never added anti freeze in case it was to do any internal damage. Anyone got any advice?
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I always run mine either on a local lake or on the muffs every few weeks and have never had a problem, with carbs or the fuel system. Keep it in the garage and always leave it in the fully down position.

While running in anti freeze seems a great idea the only people who seem to do it are the guys with outdrives.

Years ago when my dad was the boss we used to run the OBs in fresh at the end of the season with some soluable machining oil in the water to coat all the water passages.

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