You'll want to check a lot of things first. It is possible after you check it all that it will start. If it's in the water
1. Stuffing box and make sure it isn't leaking. You may want to repack it soon in any case just so you know.
lines should be bled and if possible check the tank for water. Pull an inspection
port on the tank if you can and take some samples looking for signs the fuel
is bad or loaded with algae. Sitting out on the hard
tends to cause the air in the tank to condense out the moisture and as it builds up it leaves a zone on the surface of the fuel where growth can occur. The water settles to the bottom along with the dead stuff that grows. It's one of those problems that you might have to clean up first or it will plug
up the fuel filters. If you can see small bits in the fuel settled on the bottom it means it's been a problem. If you don't have much fuel in the tank then just pump it out and dispose of it properly. Cleaning
a small amount of fuel is more expensive than it's worth. Draining it all out means you can inspect the tank (the better idea). This is a very common problem where we are since boat slips can get expensive and a boat for sale
is robbing valuable space. Hauling it out where weather
gets cold means the condensation
is more a problem. If you have the problem adding treatment to the fuel is a waste of time. The dead stuff is what makes the problem.
3. You might want to just change the fuel filters first any way after you check the fuel tank
. Same goes for oil
filters and oil
as well. Check transmission
fluid level. At some point I would change that out too.
4. Check hoses, clamps, and belts and you may want to change out the impeller on the water pump just because it may be dried out and bound to fail. Getting it to run might be followed by not keeping it running. Make sure the raw water
strainer is clear. Open the through hull
when you try to start it. You want to keep the cooling
power is required to turn over the starter motor
. A battery
sitting around may not be able to crank over the motor
When you try to start it don't overheat the starter motor. It may take a few attempts but heat builds up in the motor if you crank it too much. Make sure you take the transmission
out of gear
and add a just a bit of throttle then preheat and go for it. If it sounds a bit rough it should smooth out in a matter of a few seconds as it warms up. Check for water flow out the exhaust
and note the color of any smoke.
If you have fuel and spark with compression
it might just start. With cooling
water it might run for quite a bit. Of course there could be a million things wrong but it probably ran when they hauled it out. Sitting around is perhaps the worse problem. Checking everything is just a good idea and begins you learning
all the basics. There may be many thing more to check out. Perhaps some others here might want to add more items. After it runs there may be other issues too. The above is just the normal stuff you should learn to do on your own since checking all this is really a requirement you do often.