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Outboard in winter

What do you guys do for/to your outboard in between trips during the cold? I have always pulled mine off and kept in in the garage because I have always hunted from my kayak/canoe or in the blind behind my house on a creek. I am starting to expand my trips and now using my jet outboard. It is a Tohatsu 30hp 2 stroke and I always use ethanol free gas 91 octane.

At over 200 lbs it is not fun to put on and off very often.

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Mine didn't weigh 200 lbs but when I was hunting ducks in three states in the winter, I ran the gas out of the carburator and hung the motor on a motor stand with wheels in my basement where it never got below 50 degrees. You can buy motor stands that look like hand trucks for you motor, they are very handy.

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I have a motor stand on casters that I built and I can wheel it in the garage but it is not fun to do if I am using it once every 1-2 weeks.

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My duck boat sits in the saltwater for 3 months during the season with no special attention required. I'm glad to hear you're using Pure Gas in you boat motor but where are you getting 91 octane?

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My duck boat sits in the saltwater for 3 months during the season with no special attention required. I'm glad to hear you're using Pure Gas in you boat motor but where are you getting 91 octane?

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Iíve kept my boat in the winter in an unheated garage for years. I run the motor dry of gas and leave it hang straight vertical on the transom. All the water drains from my Mercury.
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Ok, not that it matters all that much but you're getting 90 octane Pure Gas. It's still much better than E-10.

https://www.pure-gas.org/station?station_id=16708

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I don't have a boat, but I had an uncle that would do some sort of antifreeze flush on his outboard.
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What anyone does is up to them, but I always drained the lower unit before storing. If any water has found its way past a seal, water contaminated oil isn't sitting in it all winter. Also gave me all winter to get it corrected before I wanted to use it in the spring.
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