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Re: After Winterizing: Fire Up and Go?
You *should* be good to but, but......
I like to run the engine while the boat is on the hard to make sure it starts, runs, doesn't leak, overheat, etc. This is easy to do if you have water at the yard. Run a hose into a bucket. Disconnect the raw water input and place the hose into the same bucket. Fill the bucket 3/4 with water and then start the engine. Adjust the flow of water into the bucket so it stays 1/2 full of so.
I like to run the engine for at least 15 minutes. This should allow it to get up to temperature, and make sure that fresh fuel from the tank has run through the filters and into the engine. Check for fuel and water leaks. If the engine runs for 15 minutes without any problems then you are probably good to go.
You can do a quick transmission test too. Have someone spray wd40 on the shaft where it enters the strut to keep the cutless bearing cool and place the engine in forward and then reverse for a few seconds. Don't run the transmission without providing water or WD40 onto the cutless beating or you will overheat the bearing.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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