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  • Starting a boat out of water

    Basicly im cheep. I was wondering if i could start my boat in the driveway useing a huge rubbermaid tub filled with water. Then lowering the cooling holes into it?? by the way its a I/O

    Would this work?? or am i to cheep??


  • #2
    Re: Starting a boat out of water

    You can do this if you get one large enough, just keep the hose running in it, to make sure that it does not run out of water.

    They make a piece that you put on your hose, that you then put on the lower unit over the holes, this then feeds it with water. You can get them most anywhere including some Walmarts.

    The best ones though are the circle ones from Mercury that have a pin that goes through the lower, these work the best for me. You can get them for about $30, when I got it from my Dealer. the one I have is the bottom one, the quicksilver with the metal rod. This is the best one.

    Here they are on Iboats http://www.iboats.com/Engine_Mainten...view_id.366311

    Bryan

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    • #3
      Re: Starting a boat out of water

      Yeah i know of those, i just dont see the point in buying one if this method would work for just the price of the water.

      Anyone that has done this before?

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      • #4
        Re: Starting a boat out of water

        As long as you have enough water, it will work fine.

        When the boat is in water, you only have the water pump sucking through the water pickups, so as long as you have water in the container it will work.

        I had done this on my old outboard, with exhaust coming through the prop, (2 stroke) I would get a sooty mess in the tub, and it made it messy. It was easier on the engine to run it off the muffs, then to clean off all the 2 stroke oil mixture.

        On a 4 stroke it should be alot cleaner.

        Bryan

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        • #5
          Re: Starting a boat out of water

          You can get a cheap set of muffs for like 12 bux, you will get tired of the washtub method.....
          Disclaimer!: In my inexpert opinion......

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          • #6
            Re: Starting a boat out of water

            If $15 for the right equipment (muffs) is such a concern, you need to find another hobby, as boating isn't gonna be for you.
            The last time religion controlled the world it was known as the Dark Ages

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            • #7
              Re: Starting a boat out of water

              I was wondering if i could start my boat in the driveway useing a huge rubbermaid tub filled with water.
              Sure you could. Don't even think about putting it into gear to see if the shift works, as it will blow all the water out of your tub. And don't run too long, as you could loose too much water unless you keep the hose going.
              Other than being way more expensive to find a tub big enough to put the drive down, and cover the intakes (AT ALL TIMES) and then having to store it when not in use, and it will probably take more water than just using muffs.
              I have to really ask, why not buy a set of $15 Tempo muffs and do what you have to do. Cheep is one thing, but you my friend are a TIGHT WAD.
              Don S.

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              • #8
                Re: Starting a boat out of water

                Squeak,Squeak,sounds like the dry wheel bearing going down the highway
                getting ready to rip the axel`s spindel off. Get low on water and lose the pump. Muff`s are definitely a cheaper alternative.
                NO PERSONAL QUESTIONS, THIS IS WHAT THE FORUM IS FOR.

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                • #9
                  Re: Starting a boat out of water

                  Originally posted by don s
                  Don't even think about putting it into gear to see if the shift works, as it will blow all the water out of your tub.
                  Thats what your SUPPOSED to do when your buddy is behind the boat
                  just because you found it that way does not mean it is supposed to be that way.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Starting a boat out of water

                    Originally posted by captJason View Post
                    Thats what your SUPPOSED to do when your buddy is behind the boat
                    Yea, I know
                    Don S.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Starting a boat out of water

                      Originally posted by agutowski3388 View Post
                      Then lowering the cooling holes into it??
                      I'm still confused about this . . .
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                      • #12
                        Re: Starting a boat out of water

                        The phrase "penny wise...pound foolish" comes to mind here. Just mess up a little and burn up your impeller and you will wish you spent $15 for the muffs.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Starting a boat out of water

                          Originally posted by QC View Post
                          I'm still confused about this . . .
                          He's talking about getting a big tub & lowering the drive into it past the water inlet to run the engine....
                          Kinda like what you would do with a small outboard......
                          Disclaimer!: In my inexpert opinion......

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                          • #14
                            Re: Starting a boat out of water

                            or am i to cheep??
                            Originally posted by bomar76 View Post
                            If $15 for the right equipment (muffs) is such a concern, you need to find another hobby, as boating isn't gonna be for you.
                            Ayuh,....... I Agree,+ I can think of other words besides Cheap.......
                            Any Grease is Better,..... Than No Grease at All.......

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                            • #15
                              Re: Starting a boat out of water

                              Sounds like a slippery slope to me. Too cheap to maintain, probably to cheap to repair properly. What with all of those way overpriced marine parts.

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