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Old 21 September 2010, 07:40   #21
Country: UK - Scotland
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Make: Halmatic Arctic 22
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I run mine all year but do what others have suggested and leave the enignes down in the winter to allow the water to drain out.

The inborad on the yacht gets antifreeze run through to prevent the water jacket freezing and splitting the block.

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Old 21 September 2010, 10:47   #22
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Originally Posted by BogMonster View Post
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.
10 or 15 minutes at idle should be long enough to get an outboard up to temp. I would guess that anything more than a couple or three would do the trick.


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Old 21 September 2010, 13:03   #23
Country: UK - Channel Islands
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Boat name: Archangel
Make: Ribcraft
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My best days at sea have been in February and March. As others have said: get some warm clothes and use it year round.

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