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Bonehead alert: Dropped Outboard in water

Help! As I was hoisting the outboard off my dinghy getting ready to put it away for the winter, the snap shackle I was using opened and I dropped it in the briny water of the Potomac river, DOH!!! (Ever had that little voice in the back of your head saying you should be getting help and should secure it better, yeah, don't ignore that voice!)

So after it sunk to the bottom I was able to scavenge up a grappling hook and fish it out. It is a 15hp Yamaha 2-stroke. I brought it home after thoroughly washing it off with fresh water. I removed both spark plugs and got most of the water out of the cylinders. Now it is drying overnight.

What should I do to save it and save myself from having to buy a new outboard?

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fresh water, salt away, fresh water, WD-40, it will be fine.
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If it was not in for very long, let it dry, start it in go from there! Seen a few others go overboard, and they all started back up!

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You should be okay if you rinsed it out well and then dried it off...and then sprayed it with WD40. Two-strokes are incredibly tough beasties.

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Start it as soon as you can. In fact it should have been started as soon as it was rinsed out.

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You should be okay if you rinsed it out well and then dried it off...and then sprayed it with WD40. Two-strokes are incredibly tough beasties.
Gotta do the WD 40 tomorrow then, I did not think of that.

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You might want to put a little extra oil in the mix and be sure to warm up the engine compleatly to remove all water.

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Got a bit of experience with two strokes and water, best thing is to wash it out, use wd-40 or any other water displacer on the electronics especially and then let it dry.
Particularly with salt or brackish water, it's best not to let it dry without a complete rinsing to get the salt out.
I'm normally in fresh water so don't have to worry about drying, just pull the starter cord a few times to flush the cylinders, dry the plugs and go.

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That day I had a messed up leg so took pics instead of playing.



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That day I had a messed up leg so took pics instead of playing.


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Got a bit of experience with two strokes and water, best thing is to wash it out, use wd-40 or any other water displacer on the electronics especially and then let it dry.
Particularly with salt or brackish water, it's best not to let it dry without a complete rinsing to get the salt out.
I'm normally in fresh water so don't have to worry about drying, just pull the starter cord a few times to flush the cylinders, dry the plugs and go.

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link shows where the wet two stroke experience comes in:

Picasa Web Albums - ken - water run



That day I had a messed up leg so took pics instead of playing.



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That is classic! I bet you would have good experience with two strokes and water.


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