Duck season has come to an end. What will you do with your duck boat now?
Each year beginning in September right before teal season opens, my phone starts ringing off the hook with hunters who have simply parked their mud boats at the end of the duck season and forgotten about them. Teal season is about to open, they drag the boat out of storage and they just cannot figure out why their motor won’t start.
Mud motors are just like outboard motors. If you do not use them for several months, there are all kinds of problems that can develop.
Fuel evaporates from the carburetor. Varnish and gum clog up the jets or possibly cause the fuel float to stick and the carburetor floods. Fuel in the gas tank becomes stale, and the octane level drops to a dangerous level. Ethanol fuel absorbs water from the air and deposits that water in the bottom of the gas tank. Valves stick so that engines cannot develop full compression. Humidity can attack moving parts such as throttle linkage, governor controls and steering swivel housings. […]