the season is creeping up.....time for some outboard checks.........a daily inspection routine when I mount thenoutboard on the transom......some obvious things really
1. Fuel ...........check amount in tank; check for debris in any fuel filter; check rubber hoses for any leakage. Make sure spar fuel onboard in small one litre cans with fuel funnel to hand
2. Engine oil level checked
3. Electrics ..........stop switch functions, no loose cords or wires on connection points, spark plug is clean with no wear or carbon build up
4. Throttle system.....carb choke valve works and turning throttle grip ok with right tensional twist set
5. Recoil starter...check for chafing, wear and ratchet engagement
6. Clutch and prop..........shift lever engages engine? Check! Prop not bent or chipped? Split pin still on and looking good?
7. Installing on transom bracket......bracket safe and still strong, clamp screws greased and twisting freely, tied onto transom so not interfering with engine turning. Clamps tight and secure?
8. Cooling water.....discharging on start up
9. Tools and spares...........all there and accessible!!
10. Air vent opened ready
11. Engine out of gear
12. No obstructions to catch elbow when pulling starter cord
13. Kill switch secure and clipped to me
Now given I probably forgot to drain the tank and left fuel I the carb for three months, I suspect it will be worth taking it down to my local chandler where Mick can tut tut me, as he should, shake his head over my slack stupidity, and then try and rescue, clean and service my lovely outboard.
I know......I meant to drain it but I forgot and got caught back up in school work!
I know, I know!
It's going to be a tough and expensive lesson to learn and serves me right!