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Old 10-25-2010, 07:32 PM   #9
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City: Saltspring Island
Country: BC, canada
Vessel Name: Retreat
Vessel Model: C&L 44
Join Date: Nov 2007
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RE: Dumb Tender outboard motor question (winterizing)

For the last 33 years, I have had an outboard on my boat. Never once have I winterized it. Every spring it starts and runs just fine. I always run the carbs dry before a long layup, and I leave the motor standing vertically, so sthe cooling water will run out the holes at the bottom end. The only place there might be water is in the water pump itself, but that hasn't ever been a problem in freezing weather. Of course the climate here is milder than some, so other considerations will apply in, for eg, northern east coast or great lakes ports.
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