Was in loch lomond the other weekend, boat towed down no bother, reversed in to the water, and it wouldn't bloody start.
First i checked the fuel tank (had issues with that before) so i swapped tanks, and still the same. Then i thought the priming bulb wasnt as hard as it perhaps should be, so disconnected the fuel line, pressed the valve, squeezed the bulb and got petrol everywhere. So what next? pull the plugs and crank the engine even though they were dry. Ok, so no fuel? took the fuel filter off and it was indeed full of fuel with no debris. F*ck.
Away to turn over the engine once again and notice the kill cord hanging down.... D'oh
We went for a blast, and I had a read through the bumf that was given to me when i registered the boat on the loch, and there was a pre-start check list that I perhaps should have read. Was really annoyed at myself, what an idiot. Shows the importance of all the stuff we get taught offshore "don't get caught up in the job, just take a step back'
Had my boat a few years now, and thats the most stupid thing i've missed!