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Old 06-14-2017, 12:46 AM   #1
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Hey all just bought a 94 Maxum 2300 SC 5.7L Mercruiser Engine.
New to owning a boat and have a few questions.

1. Any starting tips would help. Cold or Hot. Have only had one minor issue so far. Im pretty sure I flooded it. I've started it probably 15 times total.

2. I'm keeping the boat at a slip so I'd like a automatic bilge pump. Any suggestions on how to install one? Also, is it ok to see a little water in the bilge? I've turned the bilge pump on but nothing pumps out. It's not much water at all maybe a half inch below the engine. Also, How often should I run the bilge?

3. How many gallon tank does this thing have? I thought I read somewhere 36 gallons but it seems larger to me. Maybe 60?

4. Also I'd really just like some tips on how to keep it in good shape and running every summer. Any info would help.

Thanks guys!

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Old 06-14-2017, 01:24 AM   #2
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1. Cold start after sitting a week, crank engine for a few seconds. Pump throttle and leave slightly advanced. Crank engine to start.

Cold after sitting a day or two, pump throttle and leave slightly advanced. Crank engine to start.

Warm start, crank engine to start.

2. West Marine has good pictures on how to install a bilge pump. The float should be wired directly to the battery with an inline fuse. The helm switch is wired directly to the pump.

A small amount of water is normal was the pump cannot suck up everything.

3. Don't know

4. Clean and wax it yearly, change oil and gear lube when you winterize.
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Old 06-21-2017, 03:26 PM   #3
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Hey Thanks for the input. Still getting used to her.
I do have a couple questions though. Does the trim motor stop running when it's all the way down? I'm noticing my trim indicator is always down even when I trim up when on plane. Any way to test this?
Also, I took her out the other day and went wot for a few seconds got about 4600 rpm roughly 35 mph. Does this seem normal?
Any tips on a good cruise setting? I'm thinking 3800-4000rpm at 25-30mph seems legit. I'm on Lake St Clair which is very rough most weekend days, any tips on getting the best ride? Thx again guys I'm learning a lot through this site!

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Does the trim motor stop running when it's all the way down?
No but you will hear a change in the motors pitch.

I'm noticing my trim indicator is always down even when I trim up when on plane. Any way to test this?
Check for broken wires on the sender located on the side of the gimbal ring, puck on outside transom assembly.

Also, I took her out the other day and went wot for a few seconds got about 4600 rpm roughly 35 mph. Does this seem normal?
Not knowing the water conditions you were in this doesn't seem far off for a boat and engine this size.

Any tips on a good cruise setting? I'm thinking 3800-4000rpm at 25-30mph seems legit. I'm on Lake St Clair which is very rough most weekend days, any tips on getting the best ride?
What is the speed around 3500? Trim the boat so the bow is up but you can still see the horizon.
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