We bought a new Yamaha 15 HP two-stroke in the summer of 2005 as they became scarce. Had the Maryland
Yamaha dealer run it and then winterize it. It had never been restarted until yesterday, nearly ten years later.
We took it to a local Yamaha dealer: St. Lucie Outboard Marine
, Fort Pierce, FL. Despite getting simple instructions from Yamaha on bringing the engine
back to life, we decided to let the Florida
dealer do it. He said if it was properly winterized and stored (upright), it should start right up. After a physical check of the OB, it was started after three easy pulls.
The impeller had taken a small set, so the "water pump" (impeller, gasket
and a couple of odds & ends) was replaced. The tech walked my wife and I through a refresher on all the other usual aspects of caring for the engine
and showed us how to remove and replace the prop, fuel filter
, lower unit oil
, grease, fuse, etc. Couldn't ask for better service
at a more-than-fair price
We brought the Achilles 315 HDX down to Florida
, new home base, on a trailer a couple of months ago. Bought new in 2005/2006 it never saw the water
or the sun from the rafters until I took it south. Looks new and has held air for the past two months, so we will hit the water
The big boat is still in the boatyard, and hopefully I'll get it in the water next year ... of course, I've been saying that every year since the refit
from hell began. Anyway, a happy moment in the process.
PM us for help if you're cruising through the Fort Pierce area this winter (in the spring i head
back to Boat Boot Camp near Washington
Roger & Mary