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LKS posted 08-30-2001 01:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for LKS   Send Email to LKS  
Sorry to be a downer, but the boating season is nearing the end (for us, that is). We're hauling the lil' Whaler (ll') out of the water on Labor Day. With the big boat to attend to (running to St. Joe for winter storage in two weeks) and college treks for Parents Weekend and Homecoming (WIU), time is limited. Aside from pulling the drain plug, running the remaining gas out of the outboard, and adding some Stabil to the tank, are there any other winterization tips would you recommend? This is our first Whaler (purchased this spring), so any helpful hints would be appreciated.
Thanks. --Lor
Bigshot posted 08-30-2001 02:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
squirt some fogging oil(or any oil) in the cylinders and turn over a few times. To do it right you should squirt fogging fluid in the carb as it is running out of gas, that way it lubes the crank, etc. Drain and fill the lower unit. Any water in lower will freeze and CRACK. I then spray the whole engine9under shroud) with wd-40 just to protect. remove battery if you have one. i would also remove the tank if unattended.
Dr T posted 08-30-2001 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
Jimh wrote a very good article on motor winterization in the reference section.

BS, thanks for the note on the lower unit potential for cracking. It gets cold up here in the Rockies.


simonmeridew posted 08-30-2001 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
My '99 Johnson 70 owners manual says never intentionally run it out of gas. I think they claim this allows the rubber parts in the carb to dry out. Also may mess up the VRO ratios by allowing air into the system.
LarrySherman posted 08-30-2001 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
Now listen, I JUST launched, and 24 hours later, you post THIS! no,...No,...NO!!!!

May the weather gods give me a month or two at least, please?


Bigshot posted 08-31-2001 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
At an idle it is no big deal to run the carbs out of gas. At full throttle it can do damage(no oil). When winterizing you have 3 choices. Run carbs dry, leave be(bad idea), and run stabilizer thriough and leave be. stablizer is not really meant for 9 month storage but many have good luck. I personally run it out and have never had a problem with seals. Todays gas evaporates very quicky and can screw up your carbs in less than a month. My Montauk just sat(in FL heat) for 2.5 weeks and the lower needle & seat stuck. If you have access, you can drain carbs too.
bigz posted 08-31-2001 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Lot's of opinions on this gas or no gas in motor for storage over the winter. Whether a backyard or pro mechanic, all seem to have a take on this one area.

Easy safe way is to read the owners manual for your particular outboard. This is the best source for your winterizing procedure.

On the lower unit as soon as you pull her out of the water -- the water will self drain -- if you do leave her in the water in freezing temperatures (which we do -- usually haul mid December) then leave the motor down, don't tilt it up, this will protect the lower unit and pump from freezing.

JimH's article which was mentioned by Dr. T is a good source, he basically followed proven techniques.

Don't forget to give it a good scrub and maybe if ambitious a wax job while your at it. It will be nice and shinny when you rinse it off in the spring.

LKS posted 08-31-2001 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
Thanks for the tips, everyone. As noted, it's because of all we have going on this fall that we're pulling out so early. If it were up to me, the Whaler would be in the water until mid-Oct., at least.

We plan on power washing the bottom right away -- that slime has got to go before it hardens, or we'll be sanding the hull forever come spring (yes, it's got bottom paint)! Draining the lower unit and fogging the engine will wait until we're back in Chicago. Who knows, maybe we can trailer her out to Lake Argyle for a weekend or two.

Enjoy the Labor Day weekend, everyone. Looks like the Chicago/southwestern Michigan area should have some good boating weather. -- Lor

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