Well ! I have bought a Yamaha 28a and a Zodiac 3.8m mk2.
To cut a long story short this 28a is a DOG to cold start. Vent open , choke out , tiller to start and a bit more, Adonis pulling the started , 25 times later we are away.
I took it for its maiden voyage to Ullswater , how great it was , for 20 mins, then it stopped for 2 hours whist I diagnosed the problem - bad quick release fuel connector - removed it , dipped the cable into the tank and were away again.
Once home I put the engine in the wheelie bin , (not to throw away) and filled it with H2O. I was letting it get cold and trying to start more efficiently over a few days.
I had read - PRIME PRIME PRIME - so i primed , i pumped the primer so it was hard ( i had read that a carb would not over fill and would stop once full) but it made little difference , it started eventually but it was hard - once its warm its easy.
The trouble is , I have squeezed that darn primer bulb so much my carb no longer stops the flow of fuel - i kept squeezing and it kept filling - the wheelie bin water ran with fuel and it was well and truely flooded. Now covered in fuel and a little worried i have broke the engine I detached the fuel line - drained the carb (check me out) and cleaned the spark plugs - after 10 more tries It started again - albeit rattly , smokey and fast.
I let it run for a bit and it settled - I attached the fuel line and things change - it doesnt want to idle and wants to cut out - the blue smoke starts getting thicker. I take the fuel line off and it settles and the blue smoke slows.
I think that there is something wrong with the Carb - it seems to be stuck open (i dont know if thats possible but it would make sense , i dont even know what a carb does ) - anyway - its in this state now !
What on gods green earth do i do with it ! and does my diagnosis make sense . Im hoping there is a quick fix to wack a valve into place on the carb so i cannot over fill in the future - plus the blue smoke bad tick over problem.
Any advice for a novice trying to learn a bit about the dark arts of outboards !