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Jun 11, 2017

Steering on bass tracker yanks to right.

2010 pro team 170 50hp. Will all of a sudden yank to the right. Driving straight and calm water, was told there should be a brake system on steering, that

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Jun 11, 2017

Yamaha Ox66 2 stroke 250 water coming out of exhaust port on Lower Unit

I have water coming out of the exhaust port near the top of the LU. It is still peeing strong. Is this a major concern?

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Jun 11, 2017

Heavy smoke, oil in exhaust

I used the boat last about 5 years ago and the last time it was in the water it almost sank due to a lower below being broken. I am finally getting around

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Jun 11, 2017

Outboard bogs when i give it gas

I have a 1996 Mercury 150 offshore (carburated).My problem is that when i start my engine at the boat ramp, it idles and runs fine. When i stop for awhile

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Jun 11, 2017

Chirping noise in throttle box on a 1994 60hp outboard

I have a chirping noise in the throttle box of my 1994 60 hp mariner. There is a steady stream of water. I put oil in the gas and it still chirps. It isn't

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Jun 11, 2017

Rough cranking

I have an 18' sea ray and it cranks good when flushing the motor. When I put it in the water, it does not want to crank and gives me fits. I use the 93

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Jun 11, 2017

2001 Johnson 150 Ocean Pro and grey sludge around lower unit

Motor has low hours on it. Gas tank drained last fall and all new fuel added and treated with Marine Stabil. Boat started hard first time in driveway

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Jun 11, 2017

75hp Force starter

75hp 1999 outboard Force Got my boat out of storage for the first time and hooked 2 new batteries up. Went to start it and the starter just spins. Will

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Jun 11, 2017

Lund radio wiring

Just bought a 1995 Lund 1650 Tyee and would like to put a radio in it. In the glove box there are wires for a radio but where are the other end of the

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Jun 11, 2017

Engine swap from 1984 celebrity to a 1965 dorall

I have a 1984 celebrity 17 foot open bow with 140hp mercruiser. The boat has bad bearings in the outdrive. Is it possible to swap that engine to a 1965ish

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Jun 11, 2017

1975 IMP Aztec W/302. Only 292 hours

I came across a 1975 IMP Aztec sitting in a garage at a clients house. This boat has been garaged from day 1 to current 41 years in all. I began to inquire

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Jun 11, 2017

1988 Skeeter boat control panel

I have a 1988 sf 175 skeeter. I have had some work done to the electrical system apparently there has been other wiring done before I purchased it in

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Jun 11, 2017

Boat stranded in shallow sandy bottom

I have a sea ray 400 sun dancer and I occasionally get stranded . Should I always try to go forward or is it ok to try reverse ? It has direct drives .Someone

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Jun 11, 2017

need advice - first time boat owner

Hi, I am about to buy my first boat. I want it for fishing mostly, but also to scoot around with my family. I am looking at a 17' 1985 Glastron Conrad

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Jun 11, 2017

Can't reach max speed

We just bought a 24ft inboard pontoon sundancer 2001 model...we took it on water and can't keep motor in water to obtain max speed. Mechanic said it is

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Jun 11, 2017

engine want tach past 3000 rpm

boat was running good cut it off about an hour cranked it back up was heading home and want it tach past 3000 rpm it is a 115 mercury optimax dfi 2 stroke

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Jun 11, 2017

Engine accelerating erratically

I have a 2011 chaparral with a Volvo Penta, 4.3 liter engine. Just put it in the water and the engine is accelerating erratically, but not over heating.

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Jun 11, 2017

40hp merc 4stroke runs fine then starts loosing power

My 2011 bass tracker 40 hp four stroke mercury will start up and run fine for a while then it starts losing power and bogging down to nothing , You can

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Jun 11, 2017

Need info for mid 70 s Evinrude fiberglass boat

My brother has a Evinrude fiberglass tri hull closed bow glass windshield..60Evinrude on back..right side steering 16 ft boat...do you have any info on

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Jun 11, 2017

Mercury 25hp 4stroke cranking issue

I have a 2009 mercury 25hp 4 stroke EFI. It has been sitting for about two years with no fuel in the system. Now it will not turn over. The flywheel

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Jun 11, 2017

Chrysler 360 won't start

I have a 1980 Chrysler 360's in my boat and the starbort engine will not start at the ignition switch. However, if I jump the selinod or the ingition switch

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Jun 11, 2017

outboard motor needing tune up

I have a 1989 boat motor and trailer due to illness boat hasn't been in water in probably 6 or 7 years how much approximately how much should it cost to

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Jun 11, 2017

Please help asap. 1978 mercury shift/throttle

I'm replacing my shift/throttle cable on my 1978 sportcraft with a 1978 mercury 800 80 HP. This is my first boat and my first time working on one. I popped

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Jun 11, 2017

No power to console on 1988 champion bass boat

Can't get power to the console of my 1988 champion bass boat, I have power to the motor but nothing else. I have a new battery so I know that's not the

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Jun 11, 2017

Beeping in my throttle control box

I have a 1979 Crest pontoon with a 1989 Johnson 60 horse 2 stroke engine and after a few minutes running I have a beeping coming from my throttle control

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Jun 11, 2017

lund livewell problem on 1990 predator

livewell does not fill unless boat is moved backwards. livewell has drain thru the bottom of the boat. also have a second pump I can switch on at the

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Jun 11, 2017

1995 king cobra 7.4 compression test?

Hi guys i'm new to this forum, quick question about a king cobra engine I'm trying to find what a good compression would be for the cylinders can you

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Jun 11, 2017

No forward only reverse on 3.0 mercruiser i/o

Just bought a used 2003 maxum has a 3.0 mercruiser in it. Launched it for the first time went up to park my trailer came back reversed out of the dock

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Jun 11, 2017

No flywheel rotation when pulling cord

I have a 9.9hp mercury force that i was trying to start. The flywheel was turning, but after about 10 pulls it quit spinning while pulling the cord? I

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Jun 11, 2017

Yamaha 150 HPDI

With engine off the shifter works smoothly but when it is running it is difficult to go to neutral from either foreward or reverse could this be from idle

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Jun 11, 2017

Battery location

New boat owner. Got boat back from storage. Paid and receipt showed battery charged etc. Got home and found batteries dead. Thought well I can charge them.

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Jun 11, 2017

Buzzing from control box with key on

Was going good gave it gas and started buzzing from control box even with motor off and key on 2002 oil injection Mercury

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Jun 11, 2017

1986 Yamaha outboard box mated to a 1996 Yamaha outboard

I have a 1986 40hp Yamaha that needs attention. I came acrossed a 1996 50hp Yamaha and am wondering if the throttle box, cables and such use the same mounting

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Jun 11, 2017

Neutral interrupt switch

I have an older Stingray, 1985 model with a 3 Liter Mercruiser. It starts fine, & runs well, but Dies when put into reverse. Any thoughts on what the

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Jun 11, 2017

Mercury motor leaking gas

I have a 1999 mercury 100 hp that will run great at low speed but top end will bulg down bad I put it in garage and the lower carb is leaking gas bad

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Jun 11, 2017

1991 yahama 90 2stroke mix oil not oil injected

I was running down the lake at about 43 mph today and it was running good just like always and just outta nowhere boat went to missing very bad and wouldn't

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Jun 11, 2017

1983 220 Crusader hard starting

They used to start up with a couple of pumps of the throttle. This year takes 4 to 7. Have replaced air and gas filters, plugs and wires, distributor cap.

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Jun 11, 2017

2000 90hp mariner alarm sounds off when tilted down then stops when on plane and motor is trimmed up?

2000 90hp Mariner 2 stroke oil injected. The alarm goes off (steady) when tilted down (in take off position). When tilted up after boat planes off the

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Jun 11, 2017

Triton bassboat motor 2005 won't lower due to battery is dead

I cannot get to my battery box to charge it because electric lowering device will not work. I'm just trying to charge the battery

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Jun 11, 2017

Nothing happens when I turn key

My battery is fully charged and all the gauges move like normal when I try to start, but nothing happens with the engine. I was out cruising just fine

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Jun 11, 2017

Starter engages after turning key several times. Is it the key switch or other problem

Trying to start mercury 250 pro xs. Have to actuate key several times to get starter to engage. Not so bad after motor warms up but still have the problem

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Jun 11, 2017

Yamaha 9.9 4 stroke power loss

Hello. I have a 2001 Yamaha T9.9ELHZ outboard. Starts and runs ok, gave the carb a cleaning etc as it stalled sometimes at low rpms and now it runs and

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Jun 11, 2017

Modor cranks but doesnt stay on. 200 suzuki 4 stroke

Won't crank over. I have 4 batteries one for the engine and it won't click over. It beeps and cranks up but then does not hold and just dies. Full of

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Jun 11, 2017

Boat motor turning

I use a 15hp motor to troll with. Every time I let go of the handle it wants to keep turning, usually to the left. Is there anything on the motor that

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Jun 11, 2017

Wiring problems nothing works

I just got a 1986 phantom lightning ski boat with a 3.0 in it and i dont know anything about boats this is my first one i hooked a battery up today for

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Jun 11, 2017

1994 Basscat

My Basscat shuts down while running down the lake. First I start out it does fine, when go to move to another spot it shut down like I turned the key off

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Jun 11, 2017

acceleration problem with 1995 ford omc 5.0l 302 engine

I'm having acceleration and top end power out of my 1995 ford OMC 3.0l 302 engine that is in my Fourwinns Candia 214.

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Jun 11, 2017

Tilt and Trim

Tilt makes noise when you try to lift it but it doesn't lift.1997 mercury force 90hp elpt

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Jun 11, 2017

454 inboards inboards

Starboard engine will start but key goes to run position engine dies will run with key in the start position

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Jun 11, 2017

1992 60 HP Evinrude appears flooded after sitting in dock for a week

The boat is docked in the water. Intermittently after a week or so sitting, the engine appears to be locked up. Removed a spark plug and water or gas

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