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dahouse
12-07-2006, 11:19 PM
Can I start up my boat in storage w/o water to it for a short time? I want to keep it running good but this is my first direct drive. If I need to put water to it, how do I go about it? Thanks.

SKI*MC
12-07-2006, 11:30 PM
dont run it dry! Hook water up to it with a hose. I don't know how to do it on the newer boats, but you don't want to be sorry you ran it dry...

bigmac
12-07-2006, 11:30 PM
Can I start up my boat in storage w/o water to it for a short time? I want to keep it running good but this is my first direct drive. If I need to put water to it, how do I go about it? Thanks.

No, no dry starts. You'll shred your raw water pump impeller in about 30 seconds or less.

You need to get your garden hose hooked up to your raw water intake hose. There are various methods - Fake-A-Lake, Flush Pro, various 1 1/4 inch adapter fittings...it's a long list.

shepherd
12-08-2006, 04:54 AM
Like they said, don't do it. Here are some options:

Fake a lake: http://www.shipstore.com/SS/HTML/ALL/ALLFAK01.html (Actually, this one is cheaper: http://www.skidim.com/prodinfo.asp?number=FAK01)

I have one of these Flush-Pro fittings for my boat (note there are two sizes here): http://www.skidim.com/prodinfo.asp?number=DP6

Before that, I would just disconnect the water intake hose and stick a running garden hose in it. Some people on this board say they disconnect the intake hose and stick into a full bucket of water with a garden hose keeping it filled.

H20skeefreek
12-08-2006, 07:52 AM
That's what I do. Fill the bucket, set it on the floor next the the motor. Put the raw water pickup hose in the bucket, start the boat, turn the hose on, that way you can SEE that the engine is getting enough water, if the water is dropping faster than it's filling, you still have a few seconds to either turn it off, or turn up the water. Just a tip, I use a clamp to hold the hoses in the bucket. One time I was looking away, and the pickup hose had popped out of the bucket, causing it to run dry for a few seconds (maybe longer).

Farmer Ted
12-08-2006, 08:04 AM
is your boat winterized?

if you run it, it will need to be re-winterized...

why do you feel the need to run it?

it should be fine sitting a few months in storage without running.

did you forget to fog it?

Jesus_Freak
12-08-2006, 08:07 AM
That's what I do. Fill the bucket, set it on the floor next the the motor. Put the raw water pickup hose in the bucket, start the boat, turn the hose on, that way you can SEE that the engine is getting enough water, if the water is dropping faster than it's filling, you still have a few seconds to either turn it off, or turn up the water. Just a tip, I use a clamp to hold the hoses in the bucket. One time I was looking away, and the pickup hose had popped out of the bucket, causing it to run dry for a few seconds (maybe longer).

Yeah...what he said.