My 1976 35 HP Evenrude starts fine and runs smooth to 3000 rpm, but will not go any higher. Still runs smooth at 3000 rpm's why will it not go any higher

by Mike Klein
(Mason City, Iowa)

Just bought a Demcraft fishing boat with the 35 evinrude for me an my boy to do some fishing. The first time we took her on the lake it started fine but would only reach 3000 RPM's. We stayed close to the boat ramp just in case something greater went wrong. The second time we took the boat out, it again would only reach 3000 rpm's for most of the day. As we were slowly tooling across the lake something cleared and the boat would now go to 5500+ rpm's and we were flying. Thought all was ok, just getting out the old gas. The next time we went out back to the old 3000 rpm,s...starting to frustrate me and my boy...What is going wrong, and what can I do to fix the problem.

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