Can I put a inboard in gear on stands?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mnm99, Jan 17, 2019.

  1. mnm99

    mnm99 Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2015
    Long Island
    2004 340 SeaRay Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Merc
    I understand the cutless bearing is dry and would wipe it out. If the engine is running the front seal is lubricated. What if I sprayed some soapy water in the cutless bearing to lube it up. I'd like to just put it in gear then out real quick. I just want to make sure the transmission is working before I have it hauled in the water. Ideas?
     
  2. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    Quick in and out of gear wont hurt it in any major way. Some soap would be a good idea though.
     
  3. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers
    I'm thinking the water impeller on the engine would be at greater risk unless you plan on using a hose to keep the strainer fed.
     
  4. mnm99

    mnm99 Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2015
    Long Island
    2004 340 SeaRay Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Merc
    Of course. I would never run the motor without running water.
     
  5. juggernaut1

    juggernaut1 Active Member

    851
    Apr 19, 2015
    Perth, Western Australia
    2006 38 Sundancer
    8.1S / ZF 63V Drives
    Two hoses....one for the intake strainer and one spraying at the cutlass bearing.
     
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  6. LG111

    LG111 Active Member

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    Jan 4, 2015
    NW
    410
    8.1
    Dont forget about the dripless on the shaft. It needs a good flow of water to stay cool.
     
  7. mnm99

    mnm99 Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2015
    Long Island
    2004 340 SeaRay Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Merc
    Yup. The dripless is fed from the motor. It's well lubed. Thanks
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2019
  8. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Active Member

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    Sep 12, 2009
    IL
    281
    V8
    Sounds like you'll be fine. But you wont go anywhere. :)
     
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  9. LG111

    LG111 Active Member

    509
    Jan 4, 2015
    NW
    410
    8.1
    Yep, hence good flow.

    You'll be fine.
     

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