Storing the boat

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  1. Fishbreath

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    Looks like we are not going to be able to use our boats for the foreseeable future. I have a 1996 Mercury 40hp two stroke. I put Sta Bil in the gas tank and idled it a few minutes with the flusher ears on to distribute treated gas throughout the fuel system, then disconnected the fuel line. The batteries are on a trickle charge and the electronics and trolling motor are unplugged. Am I missing anything? Thanks.
     
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    If it is under cover or garaged open all the hatches and boxes to let it dry . Crack the drain on the lower unit just to make sure there is no water in the gear oil , if there is drain , and put a flag on the controls untilll you refill , read your owners manual and see what it says about winter storage .. Bust out the cleaners and polish and make her look fine . WR
     
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    Arent you suppose to disconnect the fuel line & run them till they quit.
    Restart a few times till it quits again..
    Just to get most of the fuel out of the carb...
    Dont want to store them with fuel in the carbs.

    Assuming a 96 40 is a single carb
     
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    Yes , Thats a good procedure after each use , Disconnect the line and let it run dry . The OP said that fresh fuel was run , not run dry good catch .
     
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    Start the engine & disconnect the fuel line till she quits, restart a few times till the carbs are dry...
    Will help prevent the fuel gumming-up the carbs.
    #1 staring / running issues is from people storing their engines with fuel in the carb....
     
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    when you go to use it again make sure to disconnect the gas fitting and get that old gas out of the primer bulb
    that's the first fuel we squirt in to start it back up...
     
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