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Can't get my rabbit ears to work
So I bought my first boat, a 1981 Hunter 25, two weeks ago. It has a Honda 9.9 4-stroke outboard. I've taken it out under motor and sail a few times in salt water and had a great time. No troubles.
I looked into outboard motor maintenance and found that it's a good idea to flush your motor with clean water after every time you take it out.
I went to West Marine and bought some rabbit ears, but I can't get them to work right. It doesn't help that I have to put one foot on the motor mount and hang off the stern pulpit and backstay in order to reach the lower unit.
I follow the instructions, place the ears directly over both sides of the water intake, and turn on the hose to medium pressure. When I crank the motor up, it doesn't pee. As soon as I dunk it down in the water, a strong, steady stream comes out.
If I turn the hose up as high as it will go, I can sometimes get a weak, spotty stream to come out. Against my better judgment, I even hung down while the motor was running and fiddled with the rabbit ears. Can't get a reliable stream.
It may be possible that these rabbit ears are too big for my motor. They are the smallest my local West Marine had in stock, but I still think the ears are a little big and they are a little too far apart to get much of a seal over the intake.
Anyone have any advice for using rabbit ears? Thanks!