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#11626489 - 05/25/16 06:06 PM Boat checkup
JWfish Offline

Registered: 02/09/14
Posts: 57
Time flies when you aren't having fun, right? As it turned out, low lake levels and health issues resulted in 2 years going by without me putting my boat in the water. Ready to get back on the lake, but I know storage may cause some problems. It's a 2001 90HP Tracker that's been pampered it's whole life and routinely maintained until 2 years ago. I did winterize it a couple seasons ago, but what kind of repairs if any will I be needing to check out? Probably need to have it looked at professionly before I even try it on the lake so any suggestions for good boat mechanic in Richland Chambers or Cedar Creek area? Not interested in negotiating Dallas/FW area for traffic, high repair prices or slow turnaround times. Hoping to get started soon, so any input is greatly appreciated.

Edited by JWfish (05/25/16 06:11 PM)

#11626517 - 05/25/16 06:21 PM Re: Boat checkup [Re: JWfish]
Flippin-Out Offline
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Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 1562
Loc: Magnolia, TX
Don't even try to turn the engine over. That could do no good, and may do harm. If the lower unit oil was replaced when it was put away, that should be fine. If it wasn't, it could have been sitting there with moisture in it, so it needs to be changed. The water pump will be hard and set, so that's an absolute replace item, no matter when it was done previously. Many good mechanics will want to remove spark plugs, oil the cylinders, and turn it over with no plugs before attempting a start. If the carbs were left with fuel in them, they may need some work.

I use an electric pump to empty fuel tanks using the boat's fuel plumbing. Afterward, I replace the fuel filter. If fuel has been stabilized, I still get it out of there. I have an old truck I run it in diluted 5 gallons to 15 of fresh fuel, but that's my choice/risk on what to do with it.

#11627783 - 05/26/16 10:16 AM Re: Boat checkup [Re: JWfish]
Capt Craig Offline
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Registered: 08/25/09
Posts: 1045
Loc: Richland-Chambers
You can take it to Blake's Marine here on Hwy 287 or to Texas Hydrosports there in Mabank. Both are very good.
Capt. Craig Copeland

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