OK, second trip out in the RIB today and a bit more problematic than I would have liked...again! Bit waffly this one but if anyone can help much appreciated.
Following this topic:
Mercury 2005 60 HP EFI/prop? warning bleep/over-revving?
Went out from Rye today, fought against the spring tide to get out and just before time to open it up I gave the helm to my wife so I could sort out a couple of bits and as soon as she put it in gear it died. Narrow channel and the tide made things a bit tricky - started it 5/6 times - each time the same - into gear...dead. Would rev OK in neutral though and no coughing/spluttering.
So..got a tow in and while doing this I re-started it and this time into gear it was OK, repeated a couple of times and still OK. Moored up and the v. helpful boatyard guy suspected the in-gear/no-start safety circuit. Of course it behaved perfectly this time - so, we headed up the channel and it was fine but one last try and again it died. This time with spluttering (fuel?) According to the changeover switch (had not moved it) we were on the front (full) tank. But the primer bulb was soft - pumped it and it started OK. Back to sea - once again it died but spluttering again...
Changed over tank briefly but back again and then went out - did an hours blasting and came back no more problems.
So.... are the two issues un-connected, is the electrics faulty - is the fuel changeover switch dodgy?? Any sure fire way to test each item?
Thanks again guys!
PS, for the record the issue in the earlier topic was certainly down to the prop - the 14 today gave us 30 kts at 5250 (too rough to go faster) but still ventilated slightly on sharp turns even trimmed fully down so I think the engine may need dropping an inch or so...