Starting boat after 2 years

Discussion in 'Inboards' started by 10571z, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. 10571z

    10571z Previous Member

    Well after buying an old ski boat a year ago and doing all the work of replacing stringers and re installing the engine the boat is finally ready for its first start.

    Its a 202 Holden (Australian car engine) and hasn't been started in 2 or so years. It cranks over as i did a quick flick of the key.

    What is the best way to go about testing it?

    Is inserting the water inlet pipes into a big tub of water ok. I read somewhere attaching a hose (via fittings) isn't good as it pushes it in with to much pressure instead of sucking it?

    I dont have a fuel tank just yet so can i simply just stick it in a full jerry can?

    What things should i do before starting it.

    Disconnect prop?
    Change the Oil?
    Prime the fuel some how?
    Remove spark plugs and spray a bit of engine oil down the holes (pistons)

    Btw anyone know how you change the oil haha? It has a drain plug on the side but would just drain onto the base of the boat.

    Any tips would be greatly apprectiated. We have finally come this far and would hate to screw things up now. Will be extremely rewarding chucking her in up at Yarrawonga next week fingers crossed.
  2. whitepointer23

    whitepointer23 Previous Member

    Put the water pick up hose in a tub of water and let the garden hose run into the tub while running engine to keep the tub topped up with cool water. Drop the fuel hose in a clean can of fuel and fire her up. Let her run for a while at 1500 rpm . You can squirt a bit of fuel into the carby to get her running. If it is direct drive unbolt the prop shaft. If It is a ski clutch don't engage it. If the prop shaft spins for to long out of the water it will burn out the shaft bearings.
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