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Joeshoes

RO# 1967

Posted - Feb 09 2008 :  18:18:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Started to winterize my Honda portable and realized that I did not have the manual for it.

Any suggestions on where to get one or on what you did to winterize yours?

Thanks in Advance
Ask yourself this....

Are you more likely to be beheaded or infected than you were six years ago.

Homeport: Manhasset, NY

L. Keith

RO# 1615

Posted - Feb 09 2008 :  18:43:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Run all of the gas out, drain all the fuel from the carb, protect from moisture and cold. The carb on my 1,000 Watt gummed up in only three months. You can most likely find a manual and/or tips on the Honda Web Site. I'm sure a dealer would be glad to sell you one.


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Bob J

RO# 181

Posted - Feb 09 2008 :  18:45:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Joe, don't have a portable but I would think since it is a portable ; it has to be air cooled. Being so, I would change the oil at least annually & check anti-freeze periodically. As far as winterizing; that s/b all that is necessary. You could either put fuel stabilizer in tank or run it dry; which ever is easiest. Just my OP.

Bob J

Homeport: Waretown, NJ Go to Top of Page

Gregory S

RO# 2620



Posted - Feb 09 2008 :  19:04:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anti-freeze? I thought these things were air cooled?


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psalzer

RO# 4570



Posted - Feb 09 2008 :  20:02:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Joe, I change the oil twice a year, when not on the boat, I keep my Honda at home and run it every couple of weeks. It is easier to take it out of the garage and start it up while I vacuum the car than running an extension cord. A little fuel stabilizer wouldn't hurt.

Pete

Homeport: Fayetteville, Ga Go to Top of Page

KiDa

RO# 16492



Posted - Feb 09 2008 :  20:10:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm assuming you are talking a 2000iU. If so, there are two options I know of.

-- Change the oil. Drain the gas an what you don't / can't drain, run the gennie until it runs out of fuel.

-- Change the oil. Put in fresh gas (non ethanol if you can find it) and a double dose of Sta-Bil. Run for several minutes under load to get the Sta-Bil throughout the fuel system. Run it under load ever week or two until it is time to go boating again.

The former is great if you have to lay up for 5-6 months. The latter if only for a couple to three.

EDIT ADD. The manual is online.


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Best Regards,

David
Saint Max
'99 330 Sundancer

==========

Capitalism is to this administration what Judaism was to the Third Reich.

-- Me

Edited by - KiDa on Feb 09 2008 20:11:03

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thataway4

RO# 10872

Posted - Feb 09 2008 :  20:31:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would agree with draining the gas and carb. I had some gum in mine, which required cleaning after only 3 months and with Stabil. I just run it once a month instead.

Bob Austin

Homeport: FL Go to Top of Page

mixman

RO# 25362



Posted - Feb 09 2008 :  20:56:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used to take mine home in the winter and run it every few weeks. But for the past few years I just leave it on the boat and start it up every month or so. I have all my fuel treated with Star Tron and haven't had a problem since. But if your fuel is not treated, by all means get it out of the carb. Worst case and you gum up a carb, the rebuild isn't that much at your local Honda dealer. These things are 90% built out of plastic, so it's pretty hard to hurt them.

--Kurt

20mph cruise at 5-7gph. Two hulls are better than one!
This is an ethanol-free boat.

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Veebyes

RO# 11224

Posted - Feb 09 2008 :  20:57:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does anyone winterize their lawnmower or any other powered tools? Didn't think so. It is quite amazing the way we take care of anything to do with our boats but ignore the stuff we use every day or associated with work like a lawnmower.


Homeport: Bermuda Go to Top of Page

Joeshoes

RO# 1967

Posted - Feb 09 2008 :  23:49:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pete:

I like your idea.

To everyone else, thank you for the input.


Ask yourself this....

Are you more likely to be beheaded or infected than you were six years ago.

Homeport: Manhasset, NY Go to Top of Page

Gregory S

RO# 2620



Posted - Feb 10 2008 :  03:08:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I do put Sta-bil in my lawn equiptment. I have skipped a few oil changes there though.


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cwms

RO# 7357

Posted - Feb 10 2008 :  10:46:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bob J

Joe, don't have a portable but I would think since it is a portable ; it has to be air cooled. Being so, I would change the oil at least annually & check anti-freeze periodically.



How do you check anti-freeze in an air-cooled engine?



Homeport: VA Go to Top of Page

Bob J

RO# 181

Posted - Feb 10 2008 :  11:58:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I considered my car engine to be air cooled as it does have a rather large radiator with a fan behind it cooling water/AF. As my original post stated; I don't have one of these & assumed since it doesn't have raw water flowing thru it like my boat engine, it probably had water flowing thru system being cooled by air. Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa !

Bob J

Homeport: Waretown, NJ Go to Top of Page

KiDa

RO# 16492



Posted - Feb 10 2008 :  18:50:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Veebyes

Does anyone winterize their lawnmower or any other powered tools? Didn't think so. It is quite amazing the way we take care of anything to do with our boats but ignore the stuff we use every day or associated with work like a lawnmower.



Yes as a matter of fact I do. Non ethanol fuel, double StaBil, fresh oil.


____________


Best Regards,

David
Saint Max
'99 330 Sundancer

==========

Capitalism is to this administration what Judaism was to the Third Reich.

-- Me

Homeport: Hopewell, VA Go to Top of Page
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