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Jun 10, 2018

2007 Blue Wave w 140 Suzuki Steering locked up

This morning on the lake my steering locked up. I have a sea star hydraulic assist. What could cause this and how do I fix it?

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Jun 10, 2018

Electrical Problem

I have a 2015 Mercury 115 Four stroke, installed a second battery and arcked the cables when I was installing. Lost all power to motor and the safety cord

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Jun 10, 2018

2015 mercury 115 HP

I installed another battery and I arked the cables and lost all power to motor, the safety kill switch is making a beeping noise cant seem to find anything,

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Jun 10, 2018

1999 50hp johnsons

got it out this year and motor started hard so pulled plugs and getting to much gas and i dont hear my eletric chock working nether and when it started

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Jun 10, 2018

1979 mercury 140 HP cold starting issues

I have a 1979 mercury 140 HP outboard that is very hard starting when cold. Seems to be a fuel issue. When starting for the first time of the day or after

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Jun 10, 2018

2002 Ficht ocean pro 150 water leaking from top and head

I am working on a ocean pro 150 that has water leating from starboard head and from the top of the head unit. It has a miss and surges, I'm pretty sure

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Jun 10, 2018

2008 mercury optimax 200 intermettent alarm

My bass boat has a 08 mercury optimax 200. After launch and idling out of the no wake zone when i was trying to plane off i had an intermettent alarm

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Jun 10, 2018

White smoke burn rubber screech 454 Merc

Hi, while boating this afternoon, I noticed white smoke, a burnt rubber smell and screech like noise. I have my boat serviced regularly and we just put

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Jun 10, 2018

boat raising up in front

My husband has a bass tracker 75hp merc. motor and it is I think about 17 ft long. When we are in the boat traveling quite a distance to our fishing spot

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Jun 10, 2018

Bayliner 245SB

I looking at a Bayliner 245SB that has a 5L mercruiser single prop. I was told that this was not enough engine to have more than 4 people on board. I

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Jun 10, 2018

1998 35hp johnson

I have a 1998 35 hp johnson that will shut down when trolling,will always start right up again, then I run it wide open and troll again sometimes will

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Jun 10, 2018

2003 chaparral 180ssi Volvo engine

After towing a tube or wakeboard for about 15 min or so I stop the engine and it will not start again. After about 20 minutes it will start again as if

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Jun 10, 2018

Johnson 40 outboard stops when put into forward or reverse

Recently got a second hand boat. The Johnson 40 outboard starts when in neutral but stops when shifted to forward or reverse and will kick back on when

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Jun 10, 2018

my 1989 Century 4500 clx 23 foot cuddy cabin will not plan out even in the water . it stays bow high and will not go over 2300 rpm. the trim on the outdrive

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Jun 10, 2018

Free wheeling outboard

I have a 75 HP Merc outboard on my 17 ft. Starcraft. When the motor is not running and is tilted up, the motor “flops” to one side or the other. How can

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Jun 10, 2018

1970 evinrude 40 hp big twin won't start

Bought boat to recondition put new battery in cleaned all connections when key is turned to start position engine would only click after trying 5 times

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Jun 10, 2018

Maxxum 5.7L Mercruiser Very High rev at "idle"

I replaced the linkage on the throttle body (the old one broke last fall, and I had to make a new one as they are out of production) and now when I start

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Jun 10, 2018

1984 Force 85 hp outboard no spark

1984 Force 85 hp outboard turns over however, there is no spark. Replaced the stator, but that didn't change anything. Does this model have a kill switch?

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Jun 10, 2018

Gradey White, Gulfstyream 23

I trailer my boat so it is exposed to weather when not in use. When I take to launch and back down ramp many gallons of water pour out of side drain hole.

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Jun 10, 2018

Kicker motor bracket

I want to install a kicker motor bracket for a 6hp evinrude on a 1983 chaparral bowrider fibreglass boat. It has a 90hp johnson. Is it safe enough to put

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Jun 10, 2018

Yamaha 115 2 stoke

I take the boat out and it runs perfect and then about 15 minutes later at high speeds it falls on its face and then revs up and falls on its face but

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Jun 10, 2018


2015 Ranger Z117 2014 Mercury 115 hp DFI. I hit a log, no physical damage other than scuff marks on the foot. I was at full throttle and the engine never

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Jun 10, 2018

Broken boarding ladder 1978 Ebbtide Captiva

I just bought a 1978 Ebbtide Captiva that I'm restoring. The boarding ladder is basically toast. I'd like to replace it, but I can't for the life of me

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Jun 10, 2018

2007 bayliner 175 having trouble running since rain filled bottom of boat.

Since my boat was flooded about 5' on bottom of floor Ive had difficulty getting motor to start and continue to run. Could it be my distributor that got

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Jun 10, 2018

Yamaha 2013 F70A w/power tilt and trim issue

I recently bought a boat with the engine noted. Is there a way to lock down the engine so it does not kick up when I have to go into reverse? I sometimes

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Jun 10, 2018

2009 Suzuki 100 HP 4 stroke

Motor was running great and then the last 2 weeks it starts to shut down when running up on plane. Checked for water in separator did not find any. Checked

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Jun 10, 2018

Air bubbles in fuel line.

Took the boat out and it ran good for a while then just died and wouldn't start. Had to use the trolling motor to get in and load the boat. Got home popped

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Jun 10, 2018

50 hp force

I just got a 13ft bayliner with the 50 hp force motor gave to me . It’s a 1985 it sat for almost 2 years but was running well when put up . Now I tried

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Jun 10, 2018

High speed trim/sterndrive issue with 210 sea ray

1997 sea ray 210 bow rider . Toward the end of the season last year I started having an issue with the trim/sterndrive partiallly raising up at high speeds

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Jun 10, 2018

Fuel Tank Cleaning.

Wondering how to clean out the fuel tank on my speedboat. It's a 17ft Doral with an inboard 3.0 OMC engine. Any help greatly appreiciated.

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Jun 10, 2018

1986 trophy bass boat motor repair

I just got my grandpa's 1986 trophy bass boat from my mom. The only promblem is she left it out in her yard for quite a few years and the weather has taken

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Jun 10, 2018

1974 Starcraft American?

I boight it for 300 bucks. It wouldnt start with the key but you can with alligatir clips. Then i figured it was the starter solonoid. The wires are good

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Jun 10, 2018

Sea hunt with Yamaha 130 2stroke alarm then sputters

I have a 2001 Sea Hunt center console the Yamaha two-stroke 130 motor outboard it drives great if I touch the trim while driving it will set the alarm

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Jun 10, 2018

2012 merc 150 4-stroke fuel pressure problems

spring 2016 start up motor started perfect, idled perfect but choked and coughed at any thing over 2000rpm. Dealer replaced the fuel pressure regulator.

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Jun 10, 2018

Hard shifting

I have a 2001 Glastron SX 175. I got it from my brother who had it outside for 2 years. It shifts easy when at home. Took it to the river today and it

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Jun 10, 2018

Yamaha 40hp 2 stroke

I have a manual tiller 40hp (EX40) 2 stroke outboard motor engine having issue with engine cannot rev up. the engine starts up perfect, but when reving

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Jun 10, 2018

Fuel injection stops working

1999 seaswirl stripper 5.7 liter Chevy engine, Volvo Penta drive. No fuel from the injector's after 30 seconds to a minute of running. Replaced all the

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Jun 10, 2018

1981 PKayot Pontoon takes on water when cruising

We are new to boating and our family purchase a 1981 Kayot 24ft Pontoon boat last summer. When we cruise on the water a lot of water comes on deck from

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Jun 10, 2018

1982 Chrysler Sea King 15hp

Model number VWB 52119C Serial number 28X 25557 I'm trying to remove the lower unit to replace gaskets and replace the water pump. The lower unit will

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Jun 10, 2018

swapping out motors throttle/shift cables

I am swapping out motors on my boat the throttle linkage is about 2.5 foot shorter than the old. it is different motors.However the throttle/shift cable

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Jun 10, 2018

Stiff Steering on 1995 Astro 17cc 90hp Outboard

I have a 1995 Mercury outboard that takes 2 hands to steer and is way too tough. I have searched online and see a million different solutions and it's

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Jun 10, 2018

Proline won’t start when warm

My husband is new to boating. He bought a proline with 255 hours on it. It starts great when cold but once it gets warm and you turn it off it won’t start.

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Jun 10, 2018

Mercury 40hp 2 stroke oil injection

Hi, I just bought this engine, compression is good on all 4 cylinders, the boat is really hard to start and it will only start with fast iddle lever up

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Jun 10, 2018

Mercury 60hp 3 cylinder late 80s

Hello I have a late 80s mercury 60hp 3 cylinder I bough it recently it run perfect the problem is the gay who I dot it from took all the wiring of the

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Jun 10, 2018

Battery voltage drops dramatically when I start the generator to charge

I cruise on my 36 foot sailboat and have a Honda generator to charge my bank of four batteries. When I start the generator the charger panel says that

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Jun 10, 2018

1991 sportcraft fishmaster 232 wiring

need a wiring diagram for a 1991 sportcraft fish master 232. wheni i bought the boat someone had almost completely removed the engine. and all wires were

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Jun 10, 2018

13' Boston Whaler and Galvanized Trailer Pricing

Hello, I new to purchasing boats and am looking for an older whaler to do a full restore on. I've found a few good options but this one, in particular,

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Jun 10, 2018

1980 Evinrude E100tlcsc Tach problem.

I have an 1980 Evinrude (E100tlcsc) and the Tach is driving me insane. When the engine is first started the Tach reads fine no jumps or ticks and in less

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Jun 10, 2018

rpm fluctuations

I own a Yahama 115 outboard. about 130 hours on motor and about 10 years old. The last trip out motor rpms fluctuated greatly until motor warmed up and

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Jun 10, 2018

89 sea ray Seville ignition switch

Trying to find out which wires go where on my ignition switch. Problem being the boat was stolen and they cut off the ignition switch for some reason?

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