Hadn't winterized it yet and I have a pair of bad seals in the lower unit so I know there is water in it. I was still planning on fishing yet this month so I figured it would work for a few days till the temps came up. Used to do that with my I/O all the time. I had the blanket on there for 2 nights with no problems. Seems the cord shorted out about 6" above the contol box and POOF. Thank god I never used the thing in the house. Only time it got used was wraping up motors and keeping puppies warm. Bet ya I never use another one!!
Weird thing is that I was looking under the cowling and everything looks in order. No burned up lines or melted wires or any other signs of damage. Now the outside is a different story. I'm sure that all the seals in the lower unit are shot. I brought the cherry picker home tonight and am going to drag it out to the workshop for another rebuild this winter. Hopefully a little sandblasting and some new paint and it'll live another year. Can't kill them old mercs anyway.
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