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  • running outboard in cold weather

    Looks like I'am getting an extended season for fishing due to the weather. I was wondering if anybody has any coments on using there outboard during cold weather. The water temp. won't be freezing but the outside temp will be. Also the boat will be put in a un-heated garage after fishing. It's a 4 stroke honda. I'am wondering if all the water drains out of the empeller/pump area and engine jacket enough so it will not freeze and cause damage. Usually I have it winterized at this time, any ideas? Thanks, A T


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    Re: running outboard in cold weather

    Hi, here (Montreal area, Qc, Canada) i fish till ice (usually first week or mid december) for musky. Not a problem with an outboard. 1- Most important, let the engine drain itself for a few minutes when you get out of the water by letting it fully tilted down, instead of tilting it up to install the "transom saver".2- I also always keep my gas tank full, to prevent condensation, and i add some fuel stabilizer (doesn't know if it really help, but i feel more confident whit this).3- Be sure that your battery is fully charged. A cold engine is harder to start.4- run your pumps (bilge, livewell) a few seconds out of the water to be sure that no water sit in them.5- i remove the fill screw of the lower unit to check for water intrusion after each outing.Oh yeah, mine is a 2-strokes but your's a 4-strokes. I've heard that they're more affected by cold, but i can't tell you why???That's it.Steve

    1991 Boston Whaler Outrage 17 I
    2005 Evinrude E-Tec 90hp

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      Re: running outboard in cold weather

      In the winter I fish in a lake that is 50% anti freeze . No problems.

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        Re: running outboard in cold weather

        Originally posted by cyclops2: In the winter I fish in a lake that is 50% anti freeze . No problems.
        If there's no waves in the lake for a long time, don't forget to add three or four truck tanks of Sta-bil.

        1991 Boston Whaler Outrage 17 I
        2005 Evinrude E-Tec 90hp

        Fishing isn't a matter of life and death.... It's much more important.

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          Re: running outboard in cold weather

          Thanks saumon, I never gave any thought to the bilge and livewell pumps.

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            Re: running outboard in cold weather

            Yeah not sure on the 4 stroke thing, but like saumon said it should be just fine. A fully charged battery is very important, as cold will drain them more quickly and its harder to start the engine in the first place. I like to let mine warm up quite a bit before I start going anywhere.
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            • #7
              Re: running outboard in cold weather

              and as i discovered yesterday....the engine cools down a lot quicker when you stop to fish and is harder to restart too...

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              • #8
                Re: running outboard in cold weather

                AT: When borrowing a boat in Goose Bay NE Canada a few years ago, I found out to my extreme embarassment, that the best cold weather outboard advice when operating a 'tinny' was to tighten the mounting bolts - the transom shrinks more than the mount. Unfortunately the advice came after the loss of the motor!
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                  Re: running outboard in cold weather

                  Triton II, cold weather=shrinkage=extreme embarassment Reminds me of an episode from Seinfeld, about George.

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