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The biggest problem with an outboard these days is making sure it has new clean fuel. Our gasoline is now treated with 10% alcohol, and this dramatically shortens the shelf life. One nice thing about the Honda is that I can turn it upside down and drain the tank when I'm not going to use it, and there is a screw to drain the carburetor.
I also add Sea Foam to all my marine fuel to help clean the carb jet and preserve the fuel. Ditto for the lawn mower and snow blower. The government is talking about bumping the alcohol up to 20%. This will certainly wreak havoc with small engines, and will also void the warranty on new ones.