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  • I finally went farther than 3 feet.

    It finally happened. On Wednesday Sept. 9th I unloaded my hydro into the water and made a good 4-5 laps. It was an unreal feeling after so many hours and mishaps. I even for a time had the whole rig for sale.....and in fact sold it but Covid got in the way of the sale and I decided to just keep trying. I was really surprised at how fast it hooked up and started to fly. My brother took a few laps in it and now he wants one. I still have a ton to learn. I'm having issues with the choke return and it didn't want to start once in the water but I will lean on the experts to help me get the tune right. Really looking forward to a more successful outing for my new rookie first season at Millville in the Spring. Thanks to everyone who unselfishly gave their time and money to help me. I can't thank you all enough.




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    Had the same experience this Summer when getting out in a boat for the first time. It’s quite a unique adrenaline rush.
    Congrats on getting your boat together and getting in the water.
    Hard starting in the water is a common problem it seems. I think the best solution is to warm the motor up out of the water for 15-20 seconds. Then get ready to go and have one person on each side of the boat. With both people lifting the boat up so the prop is slightly out of the water then the cord can be pulled.

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    • Dave Cofone
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      Thanks, Albert. Unfortunately I don't have a team. I am pretty much solo and rely on the other racers for help on race day. Congratulations on your outing, this is the coolest sport ever.

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    Lean forward when starting because the pipe opening will be blocked by water if the engine sits low in the water, creates back pressure, same as putting a potato in your car exhaust. Also when you are done for the day, you should dry fire your engine on land to dry it out. Moisture in the exhaust will wick up into the crankcase and screw up your crank and bearings over time. You should also use a test wheel when dry firing, it is hard on rod bearings if you don’t and I know everyone does it without one but it doesn’t mean that it is good for the engine. Baby steps, you’ll get to where you want to be.

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      Thanks for the tips. There are some parts and pieces I should have. A test wheel is one of them. I plan to be a good student. There are so many awesome experienced folks available to me, I am very lucky to be involved in a sport where people freely share their extensive knowledge. I don't know squat about outboards so I look forward to learning everything I can.



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      • #5
        Dave,
        Any pictures from the momentous occasion?

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        • Dave Cofone
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          Yes. They are on my friends cell phone. When she sends them to me I will post a couple up.

      • #6
        Originally posted by Albert View Post
        Had the same experience this Summer when getting out in a boat for the first time. It’s quite a unique adrenaline rush.
        Congrats on getting your boat together and getting in the water.
        Hard starting in the water is a common problem it seems. I think the best solution is to warm the motor up out of the water for 15-20 seconds. Then get ready to go and have one person on each side of the boat. With both people lifting the boat up so the prop is slightly out of the water then the cord can be pulled.
        Make it only 5 to 10 seconds at most..... closer to only 5 seconds.... and just blip the throttle... no full throttle.
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        Dean F. Hobart

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        • Albert
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          So basically start it, shut it down and put it in the water and go?
          Last edited by Albert; 09-10-2020, 02:37 PM.
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