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Old 10-13-2011, 03:24 PM   #21
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At any rate, experiencing "elation" simultaneously with "stupidity" is an interesting emotion to ponder.
*It's led to a lot of bruises on my head from self inflicted "dope slaps" over the years.
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Old 10-14-2011, 04:01 AM   #22
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It would not cost very much to install a light on the neutral safety switch that would light when IN neutral.

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Old 10-18-2011, 12:19 PM   #23
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RE: Trouble with outboard

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At any rate, experiencing "elation" simultaneously with "stupidity" is an interesting emotion to ponder.

*I tought about this statement for quite some time.

*I seem to run into it quite often. There are so many times when you have an eurika moment sometimes*followed by the thought of.

"Why didn't I think of that before"

Sometimes it is as plain as the nose on your face.

*I wonder how Edison felt when he invented the light bulb.

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Old 10-22-2011, 07:04 AM   #24
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The man driving the water taxi that we had to use Saturday night blamed it on the ethanol in the gas.* Could this be the culprit?

There are a lot of people blaming ethanol in gasoline for every problem they can't figure out.* If this guy was so smart, why is he driving a water taxi instead of charging $100 per hour for fixing engines?

Regardless, he didn't offer you any solution.* If you've done all you know how to do, take it to a shop and have them fix it.

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edit - OK, I see you found the problem so you don't need to take it to the shop, but my comment about people blaming ethanol still stands.

But, before anyone puts me in the wrong camp, I believe ethanol is an adulterant to gasoline and I don't understand how, with a supposedly elected government (in the USA), we have allowed it to not only encourage, but in some cases, mandate, the adulteration of our gasoline with alcohol.
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:08 AM   #25
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Duh!* Hate to admit it, but I did notice this morning that the arrow on the "squeeze" ball was facing back to the fuel tank.* Evidently, every time I squeezed the ball, it took fuel away from the outboard.* No wonder it wouldn't start.* Hopefully, when I swap the hose end for end it will fire up.*

But how did it get that way?* It didn't turn itself around did it?* Someone playing a prank on you?
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:02 AM   #26
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I had a "beaut" yesterday.

Went to the boat to take her for a short run and the engine wouldn't start. The key turned, ...
*I had the same experience a couple weeks ago when attempting to move*the Coot a short distance from the pier*to the crane for a haulout.* Pushed the engine's*start button and "nothing."* A worker walked to the boat wondering why I hadn't moved (the crane was waiting).* He asked if the gear level was in neutral.* No it wasn't, but by just a fraction of an inch!* Moved the lever to exact mid-position and the engine started right up.*
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