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#11397957 - 02/07/16 10:35 AM Putting Boat in Slip Today at Texoma
spudz Offline
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Registered: 08/11/13
Posts: 131
Loc: Mckinney, TX
Guys, sorry if this has been answered, but my dumb phone and search didn't come up with anything.
Here is the question:

I'm up at Lake Texoma and planning to put a new to me boat w/outboard in the slip today. There is going to be a mild freeze(28F). I have seen many boats in slips during winter, motor up/ down. Seems there is no rhyme or reason. I have read that folks lift the motor out of the water and run a few seconds to force the water out but that's about it. I want no freeze damage. Any suggestions? And thanks and please forgive my like of iPhone savvy.
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#11397972 - 02/07/16 10:45 AM Re: Putting Boat in Slip Today at Texoma [Re: spudz]
Allison1 Online   sleepy
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Registered: 12/14/03
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Leaving it in the water protects it from freezing better than if you raised it.

The motor will drain to the water level without you doing anything to it.

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#11401647 - 02/08/16 07:59 PM Re: Putting Boat in Slip Today at Texoma [Re: Allison1]
spudz Offline
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Thanks!
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#11402282 - 02/09/16 07:34 AM Re: Putting Boat in Slip Today at Texoma [Re: spudz]
Don G Offline
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Registered: 06/14/11
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I would strongly advise against running it out of water a few seconds to get the water out.
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#11403110 - 02/09/16 12:46 PM Re: Putting Boat in Slip Today at Texoma [Re: spudz]
Stump jumper Online   content
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Registered: 04/19/04
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I have had my Mercury almost 30 years and all I do in the winter is trim down to drain water. Once the water is drained I trim it back up and put the transom saver on. I leave it this way until I use it again. Never had a problem. I had a neighbor that said he had a problem with his Johnson doing this. I just think he did not drain it right.

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#11406918 - 02/10/16 11:37 PM Re: Putting Boat in Slip Today at Texoma [Re: spudz]
spudz Offline
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Thanks, everyone!
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