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Old 02 December 2011, 03:05   #1
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Who's packed the SIB away for the winter?

I really thought I would get out on mine again but it's so wet, cold and horrible I think the time has come to deflate and pack it away until the Spring. Wimping out I know!

Anyone else or are you carrying on to enjoy those crisp mornings with glassy seas that reward the all season SIB'ber?
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Old 02 December 2011, 04:26   #2
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Mine is still together. Snowed 3' last month. Can't wait to start fishing again soon!!!
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Old 02 December 2011, 10:51   #3
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AKBronco2,

I would freeze to death in that sort of weather. I am impressed.

Max,

The thought of packing away my boat makes me sad. You are absolutely right, the winter here may be mild but we own the water. With no PWC crazies, racing power boats or Homeland Security vessels churning up the bay it was so nice that my wife decided to try wakeboarding. Air 62 F water 58 F. No drysuits yet.
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Old 02 December 2011, 14:13   #4
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Haven't been fishing since first weekend in October. Broke the anti cavitation plate off my motor. King salmon run year round in the saltwater an winter time can be a very good time to get them. Going to pick up my boat from the shop today.
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Loosely rolled up in the garage in its bag. I need to blow up the airdeck sometime though as I've got some caravan awning "carpet" that I want to cut to size for a protective mat.
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Aye, mine is washed and dried and loosely rolled up in the garage loft. It's too lonely on the water here in winter, and the water is too cold to risk a tumble.

The thread is a timely reminder to fog the cylinders in the motor, although the carbs are drained already. I'm going to do the service later in the spring. Time to get some hill walking in, I think...
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Old 03 December 2011, 04:14   #7
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The thread is a timely reminder to fog the cylinders in the motor, although the carbs are drained already. I'm going to do the service later in the spring. Time to get some hill walking in, I think...
Willk - what's the recommended procedure for that with a small 2 stroke - (pull out the plugs, squirt some oil in?)? Mine is tucked away under a dust sheet in the garage (quite a sheltered garage) and I serviced it about 6 or 8 engine hours ago.
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I use Quicksilver fogging spray (probably overkill, but I do a few other motors too). As you say, wig the plugs out (when cold) and a quick spray in each cylinder, gently pull the rope to make two revolutions and put the plugs back in.

When you're firing up again in Spring, wait until the wind is blowing away from your house...

...and don't be surprised if a bunch of Comanches arrive on horses
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Mine has been packed away since august!!

With regard to winterising the outboard, my merc 9.9 2 stroke, i have just drained the fuel out and thats it.

Should i do a bit more? (bit of a novice so simple terms please)

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Some details below but as Wiilk says not much too it - presuming you fresh water flush it anyway after each use so no need to di this again. Did mine this afternoon - fog as above, drain carb - I also make sure all nuts and all exposed metal parts etc are covered in a film of grease.

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