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Old 12-14-2008, 09:13 AM
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Default Winter Storage Outboard in "up" or "down" position

I dont why this occurred to me today, maybe because I had to move my 16' Wahoo on its trailer to a different spot in the driveway. I winterized it a month ago and left the engine in the down position to drain/store. But is there anything wrong with storing it for the winter in the up position? I may have to move the boat again and its a major PIA to grab the battery and hook it up to raise the engine1
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:40 AM
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One thing you don't want is water laying behind the prop, it can freeze and crack the housing
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If it is stored in the up position water will drain into the lower unit but not come out,this could later freeze putting extra pressure on the gear carrier in the lower unit.Some manufacturers will void warranty if the engine is stored up and the engine is covered fully. As far down as possible is always the safest bet.
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I don't why this occurred to me today, maybe because I had to move my 16' Wahoo on its trailer to a different spot in the driveway. I winterized it a month ago and left the engine in the down position to drain/store. But is there anything wrong with storing it for the winter in the up position? I may have to move the boat again and its a major PIA to grab the battery and hook it up to raise the engine1
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Store down. Use the emergency trim/tilt release if you don't feel like lugging the battery around.
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:47 AM
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i store mine in the up position so i can move it if and when needed. After i have winterized the motor i let it sit for a few days in the down position to completely drain and dry and then i raise it to the storring position. I wrap the lower end, and then the mid section over lapping the lower wrap. Then i shrink the entire boat including the motor. Unless the shrink takes a shot piercing it no watter is getting in.
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Must store in down position to prevent freeze damage from water accumulating in exhaust port of lower unit. This is even stated in the latest issue of Trailer Boats magazine. I've read this numerous times in boat magazines.
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:28 AM
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Assuming that you are storing it outside or somewhere where it can get rained on, store it in the down position as others have said. If it's inside or under a carport, it shouldn't matter once it has drained.. Letting it drain and then wrapping it might work but do you want to take the risk?
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:31 AM
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I store down to minimize the opportunity for freeze damage.
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IF, you remove the prop and hardware, cut a plastic coffee lid "exactly" to the diameter or slightly smaller to the size of the prop shaft then you could avoid having any water enter into the exhust/'prop area. Be sure to re-install the prop hardware back on the shaft to 1) hold the lid there and 2) have it realy and waiting for installation of the prop in the spring.
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Iím just around the corner in Beverly. If your boat is wrapped/covered and no water can get into the housing, it really doesnít make any difference. If the outboard is exposed to the elements, then you are much better off leaving it in the down position.
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Shrink wrap the inner edge of the prop where it meets the lower unit and then another piece directly over the center of the prop. Then you can keep it up or down.
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Down!

Read the latest issue of "Service Maters" on the Yamaha wesite.
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Wouldn't leaving it "up" allow the possibility of corrosion of the exposed (extended) shafts of the tilt/trim hydraulics?
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Got it.............Thanks for all the replies. I went ahead and put into the down position, and I will do as I always do, and wrap the lower unit with plastic. T
he problem with this boat/trailer package is that the engine wont go all the way down, unless I leave the boat/trailer with a bow down attitude. I hate to leave it that way, but I suppose its better to do it that way than to risk damage to the engine.
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Got it.............Thanks for all the replies. I went ahead and put into the down position, and I will do as I always do, and wrap the lower unit with plastic. The problem with this boat/trailer package is that the engine wont go all the way down, unless I leave the boat/trailer with a bow down attitude. I hate to leave it that way, but I suppose its better to do it that way than to risk damage to the engine.
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I had that problem with a previous boat. Solution: Put some short pieces of 2X10 lumber under the trailer wheels to raise it so the boat can be stored slightly bow up and the motor can be down. You might have to put something under the tongue jack also or do what I did and use an automotive jack stand on blocks under the tongue. It's much more stable.

A caution with wrapping the lower unit in plastic is that if any water or moisture does get in, it can't get out. You might want to leave a small hole in the bottom.
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