Hello Bobpaul, Thanks for all the advice given. Now I need more. A few times here lately I have seen a guy start his outboard at the ramp out of the water. Now he doesn't run it long, just long enough to see if it is gonna start. I read on this site somewhere where one of our brothers has said the motor does not know if it's in the water or not when starting and shuting off right away (or something like that). Is this something that is ok to do with a 15 hp Evinrude ? I know I should make sure the motor runs before leaving the house, But once at the lake, is it ok to start the motor and then shut it down just to make sure it is good to go ? I've never seen anyone do this before except this one guy. Thanks again for the advice.