Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Walleye Guy

Used boat buying question

3 posts in this topic

I am contemplating buying a used boat. The boat has a 1998 Mercury Optimax 150HP. The boat package is very attractively priced. The one dilemma I have is the boat is full of gas...from fall 2004. Approximately 40 gallons of gas. The guy who is selling it doesn't know if stabilizer or Seafoam was put in the gas the last time it ran in November 2004. The boat has been started briefly with the water ear muffs on and the motor starts and runs great.

I would like to take the boat for a ride before buying it. Would I be causing any problems buy running the boat with this old gas in it? Any precautions I should take if running it is ok? If not how do you dispose of roughly 40 gallons of old gas.

Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

WOW that's a lot of precious gas! Siphon it out into tanks and run it half and half (with new gas) in your car or truck! Those engines don't care.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Using old gas isn't a problem. Worst that would happen is it doesn't burn as clean and you get a little more carbon deposits. What you want to avoid is gas sitting in a carb for that long because it gums the carb.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • smurfy
      Wasn't out but just drove by Locke lake by hasty on 94. There were about 8 people out on the lake. All walked out. Not even ATV's. Best I can give ya.
    • bbfenatic
      Hoping things button up with the colder night time temps later in the week...all the crappies I have been getting lately have been shallow....and I'm talking even on edges of pencil reeds in that 8ft depth.  IMO they are acting like late March panfish, very aggressive and seem to have started the migration towards their spawning grounds.  I'll be out catching crappies even if I have to walk out...who knows...maybe mother nature will throw us a another curveball and it will get real cold again in a couple weeks. Good Luck!  
       
    • coffee
      Thanks - Went with the ION.
    • Fishing Frenzy
      Anybody been out? Wondering how some of the lakes are with the rain yesterday.
    • monstermoose78
      Anyone finding any sheds