The rabbit ear flushes do the job. But for 150.00 you can install a hose
connection on the stern and tap directly into the water line inside. If you
have twins you can install a knife valve so that with a flick you can then
flush the second engine. Use a quick hose connector and it is now no more
effort or time than flushing a jetski. 5 minutes.
On occassion pour some Salt Away down the hose connection.... and
Palmolive dish soap to protect the hoses.
Now you are cooking. If it aint easy. It does not get done. So make it
easy! The 150.00 will save you on a big maintenance bill down the road and
a lost week or two of boating. Pay a little now or a lot latter!
> Yes, but only if we are talking Mercruiser Alpha drives.
> In a nutshell, if you keep the boat in the water make sure your wiring
> correct to reduce corrosion and keep your zincs healthy. If you keep it
> a trailer make yourself up a double set of flushing "earphones" (i.e. two
> phones connected by a piece of 3/4'' PVC of the right length with PVC
> thread male fittings (home depot) on each end to***into the phones
> will then fit onto both drives simultaneously and with a 3/4" tee in the
> middle of the spacer pipe with a female pvc hose thread attached to
> your garden hose to) and wash the drives and engines out religiously
> each use. Also rinse the outside of the drives, lift pistons etc. If
> use your boat a whole lot change your bellows once a year so they never
> a leak in them and so ruin your shift cables, universal joints and
> bearing. Grease the various grease fittings regularly (3 minutes) and
> sure your gearcase oil level stays full and that your oil isn't
> with water. Sound like a lot? Maybe so, maybe not depending upon your
> point of view, but I have used Merc Alphas for twelve years now
> over 125 trips per year and am happy enough to never consider going back
> stinking overpriced outboard motors. If the drives you buy are in good
> shape to begin with you should pretty much be able to keep them that way.
> If you keep the boat on the trailer much of the maintenance is well
> the capabilities of the average boater and as such you can avoid labor
> charges most of the time. Again, the key is to make sure you aren't
> a pig in a poke to begin with.
> >I now have a 200 hp Johnson non-Ocean Runner on a 20' Stratos. I am
> >considering a trade for a '79 Grady White with twin outdrives. Several
> >folks are trying to talk me out of it, as they claim that outdrives in
> >seawater demand lots of maintenance (specifically mentioned are cables
> >u-joints). Any of you sal***er outdrive owners of several years have