Went out today (just the second trip) with my 2006 9.8 2 stroke.
First time out with the engine (last week on the river) it took 20 mins to start - may have been bad procedure - choked when hot - ambinet temperature meant it wasn't neessary. Eventually got it started by changing plugs and numerous starter pulls with fuel line disconnected. After that it was fine, never stalled and re-started numerous times.
Full of confidence today for a beach launch, started it 3rd time, no choke. 10 mins pootling out to the 8 knot buoys, into neutral a few minutes later to do something on the boat and it died. Would not for the life of me re-start. Fuel connected and flowing, tank bleed screw checked, in neutral, kill cord in etc.
Drifted back to beach, checked plugs - looked OK but changed them anyway. Another 50+ pulls later it finally splutterd into life - pootled back out, did a few faster runs and it was OK, did not dare take it out of gear.
Back at home, checked fuel supply, good spark, electrics all, look OK. Of course back in the tank it ran 100%, in/out gear, no stalling, virtually smoke free.
Just to add before today's trip I checked/cleaned tank, pick up, fuel filter, gear oil etc. Fuel was brand new as was oil. Engine is virtually immaculate/brand new inside and to the best of my knowledge well maintained by previous owners.
This has to be a fuel issue but where do I start??
Five of my six last boat trips (different engines) have been fooked by engine trouble - beginning to think I'm jinxed, I sure am pi$$ed after all the lugging and inflating the damn rig...