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nluchau

Winterizing boat ?'s

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Hello all.

I have a 14foot boat with livewell and a '94 15 horse evinrude 2 stroke. I am wondering what I need to do with it before storage. I am a first time boat owner.

I read elsewhere someone mentioned "DEEP CREEP" so I picked some up but need to know how to exactly use it on my small motor. I know I need to drain and fill up the lower unit too. Anything else? The last time I had it out I never ran the gas out of the motor, does that matter?

Thank you,

nluchau

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Do a search on winterizing and you will come up with everything you need. Its simple even I do my own. grin.gif

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Make sure to get some SeaFoam or StaBil in your tank and run your engine so that treated fuel gets in. There has been some disagreement on the fuel method, but I always fill my tank right to the top so it minimizes the oxidation/condensation.

Pull the plugs out, spray some fogging oil into the cylinders and pull the motor over a couple of times, replace plugs, change lower unit lube.......wait for spring grin.gif

Might want to throw some moth balls and or dryer sheets to keep the critters out as well.

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Thank you very much. I also have the dryer sheet trick on my list to do also.

I appreciate it guys.

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The deep creep is for fogging. I like to remove the spark plugs and spray directly into the holes (maybe a 1 second burst) then rotate the engine 180 degrees and spray again. This is to make sure I have covered as much cylinder surface area as possible. Then put the plugs back in.

As Dtro mentioned above the seafoam "motor tune" is the stuff to stabalize with. Its basically non-aerosol deep creep. I believe its one once per gallon. (the directions are on the back). I also run mine to make sure the seafoam has made its way into the carbs. I also make sure the tanks are filled to the top. Keeps out the moister which keeps out the corrosion!!

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I like to remove the spark plugs and spray directly into the holes (maybe a 1 second burst) then rotate the engine 180 degrees and spray again.


In this case, since the motor has carbs on it, I prefer to spray the fogging mixture into the carb while the motor is running a couple of times until you can clearly smell the fogging mixture coming out the exhaust, then, if you want to be sure, remove the sparkplugs and give it a shot. In my experience, running the mixture through the carb is sufficient, when possible.

Also, make sure your livewell hoses are sufficiently drained. Tipping the boat up a little ways should take care of that.

marine_man

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Would it hurt it to run it a few minutes out of water. I dont have a hose setup with the ear things.

Otherwise I have used seafoam in my tank this summer if that helps.

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Would it hurt it to run it a few minutes out of water. I dont have a hose setup with the ear things.


I don't think that would be in your best interest. $10 for the hose dealy or 10 minutes to the nearest launch will probably save you a bunch of $$$$$.

Marine man, good point! I dont have a stright shot into the carbs on the merc so I don't do it. However on the small engines I run the carbs dry, let it cool down then start it with the deep creep through the carb then stall it with the deep creep. I like the idea of the engine being as cold as possible when I "fog" it so that the "Fogging" spray doesn't flash off or evaporate as much. Put the air cleaner on and its ready for spring or fall.

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I don't think that would be in your best interest. $10 for the hose dealy or 10 minutes to the nearest launch will probably save you a bunch of $$$$$.


Agreed here.. you're asking for trouble in spring and looking to put in a new waterpump...

If you can't afford the muffs put the motor in a garbage can and fill it up with water above the cavitation plate (or higher) that'll get the job done.

marine_man

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Sounds good I sorta knew that was a bad idea.

Thanks again.

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