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Outboard Envy

I have a Honda 130 hp outboard that always starts on the second crank. I ran into a fellow last summer who has the same motor, and he claims his motor will always start on the first crank. Any ideas?


Why no DIY?

I understand I can’t change the plugs in my Evinrude E-TEC. Why can’t I?

Put Pump Plans on Pause

I’d like to install an aftermarket electric fuel pump for my gasoline engine. Is this OK?

Starting Troubles

My 2008 225 Suzuki has suddenly developed the habit of not starting unless the shift-bypass lever is advanced. Sometimes it happens only in the mornin ...

A Tech’s Take

A Tech’s Take

Ed. note: As the march toward E15 continues apace, we asked Grid to weigh in on ethanol and what it could mean for boaters going forward.

Make it a Double

During a recent marina potluck, talk turned to through-hull hoses and hose clamps. A dock neighbor of mine said — per a recent insurance survey ...

More Heat, More Boating

To extend my boating season, I’m thinking of installing a heater aboard my boat. As I already have a factory-installed LPG stove (complete with ...

Vexed by Vapor Lock

I have a 1999 Hurricane deckboat with a 4.3 engine. The new fuel with so much alcohol is creating vapor lock when I turn the engine off in hot weather ...

Alternative Outboards

Alternative Outboards

I want to set a good example for my young kids about respecting the environment they boat in. I’m considering alternative ou ...

Corrosive Connections

ABYC H-24, Gasoline Fuel Systems, says that you cannot connect copper-containing fittings directly to an aluminum fuel tank. A fitting made of stainle ...

Balanced Out

What does it mean to “balance” carburetors?

The Scoop on Sealants

I need to replace the teak deck sealant on my boat after routing the grooves deeper due to wear. Is polysulfide sealant the best? If not, what is the ...

Playing Favorites

Do you have any engine brand preference? What is it, and why?

Rain, Rain Go Away?

Will polysulfide still effectively seal (assuming proper application techniques were used) the portlights even if it rains during the three-day period ...

Bilge Pump Blahs

My 24-foot SeaFox has an automatic bilge pump, like most boats. The manual action works, but the auto doesn’t. How do I find out why not?