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170 - Winterization Help
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posted 11-03-2005 07:47 PM ET (US)
I am new to large ourboards and need some help on the winterization.
I am on Lake Texoma (1hr North of Dallas, TX), where we can use our boats all year. (We can get a 65 degree day in Jan more often than a 2 day freeze.)
I keep my Montauk on a hydro-hoist. The engine is always stored in the trim fully down position so the water can drain out of the engine. The hoist is large enough to keep the engine fully out of the water.
I was planning on keeping the fuel tank and 2-cycle oil topped off to keep condensation out. Is there anything else I should be looking to do on a 90hp 2 stroke saltwater engine?
On my engine for the sailboat, I use a heater/raw water side anti-freeze, but I am not sure what needs to be done on the Whaler. I went through the books and it looked like it was for a "Hard Winter" storage.
I want to do enough to protect the engine so I can sleep at night but would still like to use the boat on those 65 degree days.
Any help would be appreciated.
posted 11-03-2005 08:44 PM ET (US)
You should at least perform the annual L/U oil change and impeller change and run Mercury Fuel Stabilizer and Conditioner in the correct proportion of 1 oz per 6 gallons of fuel through the system to prevent water condensation from fouling your gasoline.
posted 11-04-2005 12:56 AM ET (US)
I agree...use a good fuel stabilizer like Sta-Bil, or StarTron.
On the standard 2 stroke I would also recommend flushing the engine on a seperate fuel mix that is stabilized AND has a 50:1 oil mix in it...this, combined with your oil injection, will give you an extra measure of protection, yet you can still fire the engine up and go with your regular boat tank whenever you like. Change your gear oil at least annually along with your fuel filter. Lube your steering cable and hit all the engine zircs at least annually.
posted 11-04-2005 07:56 AM ET (US)
Another thing, if the boat and motor are going to be left alone for more than three months I would perform the following:
1. Start the motor with the lower unit submerged,
I wouldn't throw foggin oil inside the combustion chamber (by removing the spark plugs) because the fogging oil coats the inside of the motor and the cylinders also.
posted 11-07-2005 10:05 AM ET (US)
Thanks for all the help.
posted 11-07-2005 05:00 PM ET (US)
Why only fog through one carb?
posted 11-11-2005 11:39 PM ET (US)
Chuck: My mistake, through all the carburetors as each primary compression chamber is isolated by a worm gasket. Each has to be protected and winterized.
posted 11-12-2005 01:06 AM ET (US)
What's a worm gasket? high sierra
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