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NEVER SCARED posted 03-31-2003 04:20 PM ET (US)   Profile for NEVER SCARED  
While securing the Outrage 18' to the trailer, I see a guy in his 50's pull up next to me. Then it happens, the guy starts his 15 hp out of water!!!! I thought he was just testing something, but 10 seconds go by, 20 sec, 30, 45 seconds. Then the guy in front does the same thing with a 70 Force. This is my biggest concern when buying a used outboard.

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Bigshot posted 03-31-2003 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I bet you were scared then ;). No earmuffs huh? Doubt an impeller that was recently wet would last more than 30 seconds, that beast must have been hot.
Sal DiMercurio posted 03-31-2003 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
Some people think they need to warm their engine before putting it in the water, to make sure it starts.
Those are the same people we must tow in from 300 yds in front of the launch ramp.
2 Years ago I came in from salmon fishing out of Sausalito, picked up my boat & was flushing the engine at idle, this guy pulls up with twin Yamahas [ 200s ] , hooks up the hoses & revs the engines to at least 4,000 rpms.
I went over to him & said, it's really bad to run those engines on the hose at anything over 2,000 rpms, as their built to be under a load not to just whind them up in neutral, his reply was, their my @#^&**#@% engines & i'll do what I want, been doing it to all my engines.
I said, good luck pal & walked away.
PSW posted 03-31-2003 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for PSW  Send Email to PSW     
When I was in my teens and already hooked on boating I was at a local lake laying on the beach with my girlfriend. We were 150 yards from the small launch and I would watch people come and go and would wonder why I was not there with my boat. Well soon enough I see this family back down the ramp and while taking off the straps to their new boat which is powered by a nice v-6 black max I see them start the damn thing up and warm it up for what seemed like and eternity, but must have been only 30 seconds. The motor was just screaming for agua. Once they were all set they just backed her into the water. I was cringing the wholetime. I sure would hate to put the boat in the water if the motor wasn't warm???


NEVER SCARED posted 03-31-2003 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for NEVER SCARED    
I blew a gasket when some grass wrapped around my lower unit. They dont realize how damaging it is when water is not flowing through. I check the tell tale thing every 5 min. when running. People always wonder why I keep turning around. I watched some outboard mechanics rev the hell out of an engine they were working on. Isnt this bad too?

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brisboats posted 03-31-2003 09:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for brisboats  Send Email to brisboats     
Yes very bad, even worse when the engine rpms run away with no load into never never land. Launch ramps have to be the greatest form of cheap entertainment going. We have actually considered setting a video cam on ours so we can compile a documentary. Just when you think you have seen it all someone will come in and dethrone all that came before. My all time favorite is the guy who was told "the careful boater launches the trailer by hand" as he unhitched his 20' boat from tow vehicle and boat still attached to trailer rolled down the ramp and out into the water.


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