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rookie boater questions

I have a 1984 cuddy cabin 19'with a 488 merc and alpha1 drive. i got the boat from a friend which moved away to college completely restored the interior and started it for a few seconds with starting fluid last fall. my question is can i start it and see how the engine runs out of the water with like a hose hook up and can i engeage the drive to see if it works?or does that have to be in the water i also wanted to cheange the oil in there how much oil goes into an alpha1 gen1.Another thing it does not have the lights what kind of light would i use.i know this might sound silly to most but i am new to this and really would like to try the boat after all winter of interior rstoration.can anyone help a newbie please e-mail me or post a reply i will be really greatfull (keep in mind that i am mechanically inclined just no clue as to boating)the only clue i have is that parts are outrageusly pricey and wanna be safe than sorry

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Topic - rookie boater questions - xplplayerx 21:45:58 05/19/03 (2)

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