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Wish-I-Were-Fishn

Doesn't the water freeze in your motor

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Question for you that fish late into the season, or that fish the river in the winter: what keeps the water from freezing in your outboard?

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If you tilt your motor down, all the water should drain out of it.

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Make sure to drain the motor very well when done. After I pull the boat up the ramp I let the motors down to drain while I hook up the tie downs and get the boat ready for transport. Then I pull the motors up just before I leave. When I get home and park the boat I then let the motors down to drain. If it's real cold I might use a torpedo heater to heat things up then I use the exhaust side of a shop vac to blow some air down the pee hole. I will also use the shop vac exhaust on the live well, or not use the live well at all. I don't take the boat out in the middle of winter but usually end up winterizing the boat sometime in December.

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When Im on the Rainy River late into the fall and its freezing at night I get the boat on the trailer and park on a incline and drain the boat and drop the motor to drain and move it up and down til no more water comes out. I also fire the motor up for a split second to get the water out of the lines.

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