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My boat sets in cove on lake in Kansas. If I tip up motor I think it has water still in it. So I guess would freeze up. Do I leave it down in below freezing weather? Just wondering what is the best way. Usually pull the boat out in October.

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Re: outboard in winter

You won't like my response, but if the boat is on water in freezing weather (inland) wouldn't your bigger deal be a frozen lake? Otherwise you are looking at periods of air temp being below freezing, not consistently below freezing.

Otherwise, your option is the pull the outboard out of the water, and mount it on the rail (above the waterline) in a vertical position that will allow it to drain.

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Re: outboard in winter

If it's gonna be down for a season, why not take it home...flush it..and put it in a garage/undercover?
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.....Usually pull the boat out in October....
Are you staying in this year?

In any event, I would pull the outboard off, even if you are up on the hard. I just don't believe you can get the internals as clean and dry as you would like and things rust and corrode when left sitting outside all winter.


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Re: outboard in winter

Thanks Guys,

Thats what I thought. Sailinguphill is right, with the little cove I put it in, would probably freeze over here while rest of the lake would be clear. It is home.

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Re: outboard in winter

Well, now that it is home... time to pull the lower unit, replace the impeller, change gear oil, and make her happy for her long winters nap.

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Re: outboard in winter

I have not pulled an outboard in 30 years. Neither has anyone in my marina.

Gear oil every 4 years (2 bottom paint cycles). Impeller every 6-10 years, engine oil every year. They always last ~ 15 years, dying from corrosion to ignition system or I sell the boat. I could do more, but my time has value. I might (might not) get a few more years at the cost of 30-40 hours of labor. Doesn't add up to me.

I sail all year. I goes way below freezing, but the water only freezes for a few weeks (brackish tidal). Tipping the motor is enough. On the tender it just hangs down.

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Re: outboard in winter

To answer, the original question (I'm not clear if it's been answered) my approach would be to keep motor down in below freezing temps. Water in the motor wont freeze if it's submerged, but if it's enveloped in cold air, it will.

We are lucky to have a fairly late boating season here in Eastern Ontario. The river often won't freeze up solid until around mid-late december but we do get some very cold boating weather. I keep right on going until freeze up and have never really had problems with a motor trimmed down in the water, aside from being ugly to start.
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