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Old 11-07-2019, 08:35 AM
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Default Just had surgery. Is it okay for boat motor to sit for a while during recovery?

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?
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Old 11-07-2019, 08:38 AM
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those of us that live in harsher climates let our stuff sit for 3-6 months every year.

My only concern would be fuel. can you get a helper to dump some fuel stabilizer in for you?
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Old 11-07-2019, 08:38 AM
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Have good fuel or a fuel treatment? Had a hip replacement earlier this year but I hear knees are a bitch.
Didn’t use the boat for 8 weeks and she fired right up and ran like a Yamaha 300. I’m in South FL
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stabilize the fuel system and fog the cylinders
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Old 11-07-2019, 08:39 AM
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Probably not in FL you should treat the fuel and possibly fog it like we do up North. Can you find anyone to run it on muffs twice while your healing?
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
and fog the cylinders
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:30 AM
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flush, fog and stabilizer. the engine is new and a good one, you won't need to do more. good luck with the new knees
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:41 AM
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consult the manual. most contemplate storage and long-term non-use.
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:54 AM
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Winterize it. That means stabilize the fuel if not already and fog the engine. Don't start the engine again until you are ready to put it back into use. If you start it just to start it, the benefits of fogging will go up in blue smoke.
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:59 AM
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Your engines are going to corrode from the insides and be totally worthless and in need of replacement after that long. For the low, low price of a sandwich and a 12 pack, I'll run them for you, saving you $1000s!
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:00 AM
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If you're running Rec fuel, slap a battery tender on it and don't worry about it.
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:07 AM
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Whatever you do homeby, best of luck to you.

I had one knee teplaced last December. Things didn't start getting better until April.

Some breeze through it and some don't. I hope all goes well for you.
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:13 AM
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I knew mine was going to sit 9 months without running. I did a normal service, sprayed everything with corrosion protectant, drained the fuel, and then ran each motor on a 6 gallon tank of non ethanol fuel with stabilizer mixed in so that the gas that was sitting in the motor and lines was that. I also put a battery tender on it.

9 months later, I towed it to the gas station, filled up, and went fishing.
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:52 AM
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Thanks guys. Already had my first knee done last Tuesday. I will be able to pour some fuel stabilizer in it by next week. I never run rec fuel because I take it out regularly and keep the fuel moving through it. Any recommendations on the type of fuel stabilizer to use for those of us who don't use rec fuel.
As far as fogging...I use to do that up north when the motor would sit all winter but I didn't even think about that before I went under the knife a couple days ago. Oh well...I imagine it would be fine if I can possibly squeeze in a trip before I get the second one done?
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:57 AM
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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?
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Old 11-07-2019, 12:21 PM
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Had both knees done at same time. Hospital a couple days, rehab 1 week. Nobody home to assist and live over garage in mother in law's type rook., Self sufficient. 25 stairs. One will probably have to be redone. Going on 7 years now
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Old 11-07-2019, 12:34 PM
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Fog the motor??????? Seriously???? That is a HUGE WTF
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Old 11-07-2019, 01:10 PM
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My mother just had both knees done she was walking without the cane in 2 weeks. She is 65. It has been 5 weeks and she is grocery shopping and driving all over. They hurt when she bangs them other then that you will be on your boat in no time at all good luck with your recovery
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If you’re worried about it and have a buddy you can trust, give him some fuel money and have him run it hard for a couple hours, put it up, and stabilize it. Even if you don’t have him run it, stabilize the fuel.
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