Careful use during the first 10 hours will increase the life of the engine. For the first five hours do not use more than half throttle, after which the maximum throttle opening can be increased gradually until at 10 hours it is safe to use full throttle. The engine will not develop full power for about 50 hours, by which time all the bearing surfaces will have become properly bedded-in.
For the first 10 hours it is advisable to use a slightly higher oil content in the fuel, i.e. 1:20. After the 10 hours running-in period, change to the normal 33:1 or 50:1 petrol:oil ratio, as appropriate. So-called Super Outboard Oils (BIA Type TC-W) are recommended. When running, check the flow of cooling water overboard (and through the exhaust, if applicable).
During a long run, give an occasional turn to the grease cup of the stern tube bearing.
NOTE: If the boat is to lie idle for some time, it is advisable to rotate the engine by means of the flywheel until compression is felt. When the piston is in this position it closes the ports in the cylinder wall, thus preventing humidity from entering the engine.