When operating in shallow water, tilt
the outboard motor, using the tilt
lever, so the propeller and gear case
won't hit the bottom.
ENGINE COVER GRIP
To tilt the outboard motor, raise the
outboard motor to the 18° position by
pulling on the engine cover grip.
Do not use the tiller handle as a lever
to raise the outboard motor. Applying
excessive force to the tiller handle
can damage it.
While the outboard motor is tilted,
proceed at a low speed, and do not
operate the outboard motor in
reverse. The outboard motor will rise
suddenly if operated in reverse.
Monitor water flow from the cooling
system indicator (p. 24) to be sure the
outboard motor is not tilted so high
that the water intakes are out of the
An excessive tilt angle during
operation can cause propeller
ventilation, overheating, and water
pump damage. This type of damage is
not covered by the Distributor's
Limited Warranty (p. 110).