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Message 8 of 8
Posted by member Nick Askham on Wednesday 29 April 2020

Hi Richard, many thanks for the reference for the SeaCover. I have done a search and found them. I just have to check my motor's dimensions and will then order on.

Thanks again fo all the help I've received from Hardy owners, all very helpful.

Regards and thanks,


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Message 7 of 8
Posted by member Richard Moynan on Tuesday 28 April 2020


There is a firm called Russel Marine t/a Marinetec at South Walsham Norwich , they do mail order
They have SeaCover full body covers in three sizes, 1 approx 2.5hp to 10hp, 2 8hp to 70hp etc they have a measurement table for width, depth and length of shaft. I think these are silver which is as good if not better than white I am sure you can find them, I think they are even on ebay shops. Hope this is helpful.

regards Richard

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Posted by member Nick Askham on Sunday 26 April 2020

Hi Keith, many thanks for your reply. I now understand about the rods. I don't have a power lift so guess it doesn't apply to me.

Hi Richard, a cover for the outboard certainly seems a good idea. I've had a look online and many of the full covers seem to come in gray, or blue, but not many in white. I guess that white is best for reflecting sunlight. Do you have any suggestions about where I might get one.
Many thanks,

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Posted by member Keith Lathwell on Saturday 25 April 2020

If your motor is of a size where it has power tilt it will have hydraulic cylinders which lift the motor. When the motor is in the raised position the cylinder rods are exposed.
Rgds Keith

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Posted by member Nick Askham on Friday 24 April 2020

Many thanks Keith and Richard for your replies. I don't have a white cover for the outboard but will look into getting one as it sounds like a good idea. Could one of you please tell me what the tilt rams and rods are please, and where they are located.

Many thanks,


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Posted by member Richard Moynan on Thursday 23 April 2020

I agree in principal with Keith's reply; The most useful thing to do is to have a white cover for your outboard. Reading the posts today I put a thermometer on my two outboards in the sun. The one on my tender has no cover at the moment and it was 44.5 C under the cowling, but the main engine on the Hardy was only 19C under its white cover. White is best because it reflects the heat as I agree with Nick I am sure we don't want our engines too hot when not in use, impellers are normally cool and will last longer as such.
Also even in salt water I would personally recommend out of the water, we get horrendous buildup in the Exe estuary, for the lockdown put some water repellant grease on anything likely to corrode like tilt rams/rods.

Hope this is helpful

Richard Moynan

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Posted by member Keith Lathwell on Thursday 23 April 2020

it depends where you have your boat moored. If you are in seawater I would leave the motor in the down position. This has the benefit of protecting the tilt cylinder rods from corrosion since the rods are retracted into the cylinders. In freshwater I would raise the motor to reduce growth of weed on the lower section.
Rgds Keith

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Posted by member Nick Askham on Wednesday 22 April 2020

Hello - I am looking for advice concerning the outboard motor on my Pilot 20 during this unusual period. I would normally go to my boat at least once a week and take her out frequently all year round. I generally keep the outboard raised, or tilted, completely out of the water but wonder whether during this period it would be better in the water or remain out. The previous owner had the impeller replaced, just before I bought Snowgoose, because it had evidently almost disintegrated due, he said, to the high summer heat with the outboard raised.

I would therefore appreciate any advice about the best position for the motor during this lockdown period.

Many thanks in advance,


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