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Re: Flushing a saltwater outboard. How long and how often?
A good question.
Since it's not really a good idea to leave fuel to evaporate in the carburettor, my suggestion would be to start it up on idle in the bucket as you do now, then disconnect the fuel line and leave the motor to run itself out of juice. You'll find that's more than long enough to flush the engine out.
Unless you're out on a daily basis, yes, you really should flush it after every time you sail.
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"