|ENGINE BREAK-IN AND GENERAL RUNNING
1. Engine break-in period should be approximately 10 hours of operation at 75% of normal cruising speed.
2. On your trial cruise, check the propeller shaft for abnormal vibration and engine mounts for tightness. Realignment of the propeller shaft may be required if noticeable vibration is present. Boat should be in the water when checking alignment. Universal is not responsible for shaft alignment, or locking nuts on mounts coming loose.
3. After the break-in period, an average cruising speed for a sail boat installation is about 80% of the maximum engine speed obtainable, to achieve hull speed.
4. Periodically check oil light indicators, ammeter, temperature and exhaust water for normal operation, this is the operators responsibility.
5. When shifting transmission, engine RPM should be reduced to idle, then shift transmission firmly from one direction to another. A slight pause in neutral will allow propeller to slow and add life to transmission. In adverse conditions due to winds, sea, or higher RPM's it may be more difficult to shift.