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mfclapp posted 04-17-2006 09:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for mfclapp   Send Email to mfclapp  

This post is not bull but totally true!

I need your help!

I have a 1999 Whaler Outrage with a 200 Optimax Saltwater that I bought new in 1999 in the spring. Used the boat once in a local lake for about two hours in 99. Used it in the ocean for probably a total of eight hours the same year. Boat and engine has a total of less than ten hours on it. Had no problems with either the boat or the engine, no complaints.

Ran the boat in 2000 with a flush hose attached for probably thirty minutes, drained the fuel tank and put the boat up inside it's enclosed storage building.

I planned on using the boat again in the spring of 2000 but my heart decided we weren't going to.

The boat has set inside with no fuel in the tank but with some still in the line, all oils and greases still installed just like it was going to be used in the spring of 2000.

Well now it's the spring of 2006 and my heart proplem is fixed thanks to mechanical parts and surgery and now it's time to do what's need to this boat to put it and the engine back in shape.

Where do I start?

Buckda posted 04-17-2006 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
See your dealer. It will be the best $200 you will ever spend.
jimh posted 04-17-2006 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Read the owner's manuals for the boat. These are usually carefully organized and prepared for the owner in a nice vinyl pouch provide by Boston Whaler. It should explain re-commissioning.
davej14 posted 04-18-2006 12:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
Six years in storage since last being run is quite a while. I second the idea of taking it to a reputable dealer.
Buckda posted 04-19-2006 12:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Did you take it to your dealer?

The reason I'm asking is because it would also be interesting to find out from your dealer what he did for an engine that has been in storage for that long...especially for EFI/DFI motors vs. carburated ones.

I had a 6 HP (1978 or so) Johnson that my dad gave to me last spring. I used it as an emergency kicker motor for the Isle Royale trip. Spent $375 to have it "readied" for use again. It had sat for more than 10 years. He fixed a few other "problems" with the motor too that helped it to start easier and better than it ever had in the past. It was money very well spent, in my opinion. I just need to find another little boat to use it on for this summer...


jimmy c posted 04-19-2006 12:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimmy c  Send Email to jimmy c     
TAKE IT TO A DEALER...THe fuel that is in the lines,fuel pump and injectors is rotten....
Being the fuel is under very high pressure do not mess with the fuel lines.
Had one that was not used for three flushed everything with fresh fuel including the fuel tank and changed all filters and it ran fine.
The dealer can also run a computer check on the motor and also do any up dates do to some problems with the early optimaxes....any safty issues are still being done under warranty by Merc.
mfclapp posted 04-19-2006 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for mfclapp  Send Email to mfclapp     
Haven't had a chance to get it to a dealer yet but plan on following you advice.
Will it need to be a Whaler dealer. There is not one near me and the closest is probablt 50 or 60 miles one way.


Buckda posted 04-19-2006 04:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Milt -

You don't need a Whaler dealer, you need a certified Mercury mechanic, which could be (and is likely) found much closer to home. Call ahead to find out what kind of motors they stock. If they only stock small motors (50 HP and below), then keep looking. You want a guy who's familiar with your engine and sees alot of engines in this HP range.

You can find dealers on the Mercury Marine Web site.

In general, tell him what you told us, the motor has been in storage for 6 years and you want to make sure everything checks out. Ask for a price estimate before he moves forward and good luck!


mfclapp posted 04-19-2006 05:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for mfclapp  Send Email to mfclapp     
Called a Mercury dealer in Greensboro this evening and he said to come by and talk to him tommorrow.

I'll let you know what he says.

Thanks for all the good info guys!

Tight Lines

Buckda posted 04-19-2006 06:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
No problem Milt.

This thread made me nostalgic about my early time on this board. I joined in 2001 and salivated over owning a Whaler for a year before I was able to buy a 15' Sport in late summer 2002. The first time out on that boat and I had problems with the motor, then the powerpack died, leaving me and two buddies stranded on an island in the middle of the night. We paddled across the channel to the mainland, walked about 6 miles to the lodge we were staying at, and borrowed a pontoon boat the next day to tow the Whaler home from some stranger's dock.

While I was having problems, 250 miles from home, I was posting on this board and getting nearly immediate responses and advice.

I've been a loyal member ever since, and I try to offer the best advice I can to those I think I might be able to help.

This is THE resource for Whaler owners, and a really wonderful place to spend time...


mfclapp posted 04-23-2006 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for mfclapp  Send Email to mfclapp     
Have it scheduled to go to a Merc dealer next week.
He advise that I not even attempt to start it and that he would clean out the hp pump and fuel rails. Lube the cylinders. Flush out and change the oil injection system including the tanks and install a new thermo and impeller in the water system and service the engine and change plugs.

Thanks for the help guys

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