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Old 10-14-2017, 08:52 AM
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The gradually getting harder to start syndrome probably rules out wiring order, etc. When I bought my boat last decade, it was really tough starting, and it turned out to be the carb gasket leaking. Since I replaced the gasket, it starts within 5 seconds, even though it sits for 6 months at a time (another boat in a nicer sailing area!). I think my fuel is at least three years old (non-ethanol).

On my engine, full choke, push starter button, pump throttle lever once, bingo. Choke goes off in about 15 seconds.

I would think starting fluid would work with a bad gasket.
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