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Old 11-07-2019, 02:57 PM
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You will be just fine You can just leave it. If you wanted to be super super protective add stabilizer and run it for a few minutes to get it into the motor.

Have a good recovery and the drive on!
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Old 11-07-2019, 03:20 PM
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Don't worry about- save the money and fly me down to the keys ( predicting some snow in boston area) and I will run your boat for you. When I am done I will winterize it free of charge
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Old 11-07-2019, 03:23 PM
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In the Keys? I’m sure there’s a few here that may run that for you! Good luck
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Old 11-07-2019, 03:29 PM
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Two different friends had knees replaced.
First - no pain. Literally up in no time like nothing happened.
Second - painful and six months later still struggling.
Hope you're like Buddy #1.
Don't worry about your motor. I have 2018 F250's and use rec 90 gas.
No fog, no stabilizer and sit for 6 months May - Oct.
Hit the key and go.
Battery tender and go.
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Old 11-07-2019, 03:30 PM
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If you have a 2017 yamaha f250 and always ran it on ethanol 10 just fill it up to the limit, put fuel stabilizer in it, and run it at idle for about 15 min to get the stabilizer into the system. Then go get your new knees. {I understand they make you use your knees immediately with therapy, do not miss a minute of therapy and get a staionary bike. Knees are like outboards, the more you use them the happier they are. Do not succumb to pain. No pain no gain.} Boat will be fine for four months.

I dry store my boat all the time with 110 gals of ethanol. Ethanol or it's derivatives (diff brand names same stuff) is the main component of carburator cleaner. If you use rec 90 you might have injector issues with the injector filter. I forget what they call it VTR, VSR, VCR never can remember which.

I have been running a 2011 f250 on ethanol (1,091 hrs.) since new. One year it was dry-stored in FL for 6 months without fuel stabilizer. Not a peep out of it. Mechanic says it's clean as a whistle in there, he'd never seen anything like it. (I hope he didn't mean there was spit in there.).

Same mech for over 20 yrs all my motors run on ethanol. I remember repairing, cleaning, replacing carburators all the time with REC 90 type fuel at the cost of over $500.oo/each time.

Mechanics are always looking for a figment of imagination that will increase their net revenue. Ain't that the point of business?

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Old 11-07-2019, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Jay Novo View Post
and fog the cylinders
It's a thing they do in Northern states where boats get stored for 6 months or more in the cold. Must be like vitamin C or something. From reading THT between April and June you'd think the process is worthless..
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Old 11-07-2019, 05:23 PM
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The up north issue is the sometimes sudden change from 40 deg to 20 deg, putting dew or frost on things. Same happens inside engines that are exposed. If it just stayed 20 deg, no issue, since cold air is dry air. The FL issue is the near constant high humidity, causing rust. But, I’m not thinking 4 months is an issue. Since i now have my outboard boat in FL waiting for me to show up🤗
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Old 11-07-2019, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by OneMoreDay View Post
Don't worry about- save the money and fly me down to the keys ( predicting some snow in boston area) and I will run your boat for you. When I am done I will winterize it free of charge
Beat me to if it. If OneMoreDay stands you up, PM me and I'll be there before you can blink. Hope you have a speedy recovery.
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Old 11-07-2019, 05:57 PM
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I don't think I would worry about it either. I have a 2018 SHO 115 and mine has sat longer than you're planning on and still starts and runs fine. I do use non-ethanol gasoline all the time. I hope your knee surgeries go well. It took me a few months to get to where I could have somewhat normal use of it. I have also had a hip replaced and it was much easier. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
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Old 11-07-2019, 06:09 PM
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I use ring free with all fill ups and that's that. Nothing else.
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Old 11-07-2019, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by VTXrider View Post
If you're running Rec fuel, slap a battery tender on it and don't worry about it.
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The engine will be 100% fine left alone

Worry about you, that engine wont need you to worry about it
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Old 11-07-2019, 07:52 PM
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Have a buddy start the boat for you after a couple weeks. Buy him a case of beer afterwards.
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Old 11-08-2019, 03:38 AM
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Stabilize fuel....
preferably non etoh

Youll be good

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Old 11-08-2019, 03:45 AM
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See your owner's manual. It tells you what you exactly what you should do for long term storage.
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Old 11-08-2019, 03:50 AM
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My boat sits for months at a time. I don't do anything but park it and it has been flawless. Yammi F250.
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Old 11-08-2019, 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by homeby51 View Post
I have a 2017 Yamaha F250. I live in The Keys so I never store my motor and usually run it at least every few weeks...all year around. My problem is that I am having both knees replaced...one after the other. I won't be able to take my boat out for a while so my motor will sit without being started for maybe a couple months. Is that OK? Will that hurt anything on these newer motors? I really don't want to use muffs if I don't have to because I won't be able to get around to good and I don't want to risk burning up an impeller. The reason I ask is that I am old school and the last outboard I owned was a couple 1984 Johnson loopers that I used to want to start every couple weeks to avoid issues.
Anyway...what do ya'll think?
Why do you think itll be months? I think your gonna be shocked how fast your gonna bounce back , last guy I heard had knee replacement up here is an orthopedic surgeon, and avid fisherman , he was out striper fishing 3 weeks after surgery, your gonna be shocked ..... knee replacement now they shave the ends of the joint and cap them , like a cap on your tooth 6 weeks at worst , im taking the under youll be out boating in less than a month
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Old 11-08-2019, 05:30 AM
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Lived in north and now in the keys.

If you have rec 90 in the tank. you will be fine. I would make sure that you flushed the motors after last use. Make sure you battery switch is off or boat has some sort of battery tender/charger on it. You will be good. Only concern would be if you had water in you lower unit gear lube. But if you have recently done service you are in pretty good territory.

Sleep well at night and focus on yourself/knees. the boat will be ready an waiting when you are. It may not be as long as you think, if you have a friend that can run the boat. Later in the recovery process, my father said boating on my boat helped his knees, (drifting and anchor fishing) He said that motion was much like the constant motion machine that he used as part of his rehab.
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Old 11-08-2019, 06:35 AM
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My family had a skiff with a yam F150 on it down in the Keys. It would sit six months or more at a time with nothing done for storage other than a flush on the hose muffs. When ready to use, slap it in the water and go. It lived that way for ten years, no issues.

To the OP, you don't have to do anything to your engine for it to sit a few months.
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Old 11-10-2019, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by homeby51 View Post
I have a 2017 Yamaha F250. I live in The Keys so I never store my motor and usually run it at least every few weeks...all year around. My problem is that I am having both knees replaced...one after the other. I won't be able to take my boat out for a while so my motor will sit without being started for maybe a couple months. Is that OK? Will that hurt anything on these newer motors? I really don't want to use muffs if I don't have to because I won't be able to get around to good and I don't want to risk burning up an impeller. The reason I ask is that I am old school and the last outboard I owned was a couple 1984 Johnson loopers that I used to want to start every couple weeks to avoid issues.
Anyway...what do ya'll think?
You’re in luck, I can help you,, leave the fuel tanks full, stock up the liquor cabinet, and I personally guarantee your boat won’t be sitting. 😂
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Old 11-10-2019, 04:51 PM
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Another idea: contact a mobile outboard mechanic in the area and pay him to take care of it.
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