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    Default LATE season boating?

    Say a guy wants to run up river in the late fall for an overnight bear hunt, how does he keep from cracking a head when the temps drop well below freezing?

    I've got a mid 80's Merc inline 6 cyl 115 two stroke but no manual, I've heard there might be a sequence of tilting and rotating that is supposed to get enough water out of the engine to prevent ice damage. (I dont see how this could get the water out of the water pump) Any ideas for this application?
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    Forgot to add that this engine has a jet on it, no external flush port.
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    It should be all self draining. I've never heard of anybody doing a special tilting rotating sequance to get the water out of any outboard. There would be alot of those engines around with cracked heads if that was the case.

    The waterpump impeller could freeze to the pump, control cables could freeze up.

    Before startup I always run my throttle, steering, and reverse controls through full range. Learned the hard way after I pushed the boat off the bank, only to find I had no steering thanks to a stick that had lodged itself into my nozzle overnight (inboard jet).

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    Turn the key off and leave the pump in the water shes ready to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UM_Zac View Post
    Turn the key off and leave the pump in the water shes ready to go.
    Agree. Leave her in the water.

    Although you may find jets don't like ice. Has something to do with the suck and blow thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBassking View Post
    Agree. Leave her in the water.

    Although you may find jets don't like ice. Has something to do with the suck and blow thing!
    Mine seems to like it pretty well.......


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    Quote Originally Posted by UM_Zac View Post
    Mine seems to like it pretty well.......

    Thats some dedication to jetboating!

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    Shoot why put her away just because the water gets a little hard

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    Quote Originally Posted by UM_Zac View Post
    Shoot why put her away just because the water gets a little hard
    agree


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    Wasilla Lake in front of the resort that's mat su's dock.

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    The guy that I sold my small boat to this year for use on the Delta Clearwater said that his friend leaves on the river year round. Just leaves the motor in the water and has no problems. I am told that the only time the river gets covered with ice is if it is cold for a long period of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yukonPike View Post
    ..... the only time the river gets covered with ice is if it is cold for a long period of time.
    ...which almost never happens in the interior!

    Well, no more than once a year, from about November until March.
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    The river is spring feed and for whatever reason it does not freeze.

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    So is Clearwater Lake in Delta Junction. I don't suggest trying to walk across the ice when it does form! Lots of hidden soft spots.

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    Here is a pic of Clearwater River in February. I borrowed it off the net.
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