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    Summer Start up list-gctid378310

    As I read the post on this site I am realize im getting years of experence Thanks to all who take the time to post. As a newbe I would like to make a list of things to check and do for the summer. If this is allready on this site somewhere Please point me to it If not please add your thoughts.

    1 chect drain plugs [5]

    2 check all hoses and clamps

    3 run engine 30 min to allow tstat to open

    Seasam, it may help us if you were to create a signature for yourself. If you go to "Forum Actions" click on "Edit Profile". Under "Edit Profile", go to "edit signature", and you can type in enough information that describes your boat/year/engine/drive, etc. You can go back and edit it at any time later.

    Remember that certain maintenance and winter preparation items are done upon winterizing, and of those certain items, these will be un-done during recommissioning in the Spring. Your drain plugs, for example, since it appears that your engine may be raw water cooled.

    Start with what you know about how the engine/drive had been prepped for winter:

    Your engine oil would have been changed upon lay-up to rid the oil of acidity. Engine warmed up, oil/filter changed, engine run again and up to temperature to force it into all oil galleys.

    You fuel system would have been looked at during winterizing. New filter, and perhaps with stabilizing oil added to the cartridge, and then engine run on this oil rich mixture while fogging, for example. Engine fogging would have been the last on the list, IMO.

    Some change and/or check out drive oil at this time also.

    Some change the sea water pump impeller upon lay-up. I suggest that this not be done until recommissioning.

    Drive shaft bellows are often over-looked. This, IMO, is best done during winterizing, since we do not want a breach to have held water in this area any longer than necessary.

    IOW, change or inspect upon lay-up, rather than waiting until Spring only to find a bunch of rusty parts inside.

    If the drive is a Gimbal system drive, you'll have engine drive coupler alignment that needs attention.

    Kill several birds with the same stone by doing bellows and alignment at the same time. Again, wait until recommissioning for the new sea water pump impeller. For Alpha drive boats, this may mean leaving the out drive off for the winter.

    Your call on that.

    Belt(s) can be inspected. Great time to jot down the p/n, purchase and keep a new spare on board.

    Likewise with a spare sea water pump impeller, and perhaps a few ignition parts.

    This will give you a starting point, but we really need more info from you.

    Rick E. (aka RicardoMarine) Gresham, Oregon
    2850 Bounty Sedan Flybridge model
    Twin 280 HP 5.7's w/ Closed Cooling
    Volvo Penta DuoProp Drives
    Kohler 4 CZ Gen Set

    Please, no PMs. Ask your questions on forum.