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    Last run of the day on sunday and the boat went dead in the water. I noticed a little sputtering out of the hole towards the end of the day but figured it was the carb since ive had a bit of a carb issue since I bought the thing. Nothing to bad though. I fired her up to head back to the hotel and along the way the stereo shut off and then came back on. I shut her down to "check the intake" and when I tryed to fier her back up it was dead as a door nail. I mean nothing. No click, no guage jump, nothing. I checked the obviouse culprit, loose ground and didnt find anything obvious. I havent gotten into it seriously yet but am wondering if you guys could give me a starting point. Im going to get the test light out friday and start chasing wires.

    My two ideas are bad ignition switch or maybe I blew the fuse on the stereo, depending on how its wired. Any opinions/advice would be great.

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    Sounds like your on the right rack with checking the Ign switch first. Make sure you getting power to the switch, then check for power out of the switch. I wouldnt be surprised if theres no power going to the switch. One of my old boats did the same thing, turned out to be one of those stupid cheap plastic fuse holders someone put on the main power to the Ign switch (half melted and loosing contact).

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    Quote Originally Posted by propless View Post
    Sounds like your on the right rack with checking the Ign switch first. Make sure you getting power to the switch, then check for power out of the switch. I wouldnt be surprised if theres no power going to the switch. One of my old boats did the same thing, turned out to be one of those stupid cheap plastic fuse holders someone put on the main power to the Ign switch (half melted and loosing contact).
    Im thinking its something along those lines. It should be an easy fix but I HATE chasing eclectrical grimlins so i figured Id ask for any helpful hints and previous experience on here before I embark on my mission. Thanks man.

    Anyone else?

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    Do you have an ammeter or volt gauge?


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    Log off and go float, hang in the party coves, Show and shine on the trailer, fill up the boat, wax it, v-drive, jet, outdrive, and if you got a canoe and your reading this, you sir, need to phucking upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 72Hondo View Post
    Do you have an ammeter or volt gauge?Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk to hide from the IT dept.
    No but I can get my hands on one easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRoper View Post
    No but I can get my hands on one easily.
    I mean in your boat


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    Log off and go float, hang in the party coves, Show and shine on the trailer, fill up the boat, wax it, v-drive, jet, outdrive, and if you got a canoe and your reading this, you sir, need to phucking upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 72Hondo View Post
    I mean in your boatSent from my iPhone using Tapatalk to hide from the IT dept.
    Yeah. Everything was running normal until it quit.

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    This could be 1/2 dozen things, but I would check for a shorted alternator. I've seen this happen more than once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICECREAMAN View Post
    This could be 1/2 dozen things, but I would check for a shorted alternator. I've seen this happen more than once.
    Thanks! How can I check for that?

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    Sounds like an Alternator to me.

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    A couple of ways. Best if you have some way to measure voltage. Can you Jump start the boat? If so, ck battery voltage, just measure between pos and neg terminals with nothing on. Then start the boat, remove any jump starter cables. Measure voltage again at a high idle 1800 or so rpm. Should have a volt or more (preferably more) increase from first measurement. If you have a voltage drop you probably have a bad alt. That's a very short version, and as i said you could have other issues, but start there and see.
    If you don't have a way to measure voltage,jump start boat. Remove the jumper and again hold at high idle. If the engine dies then again I would say alt.

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    what I was getting at was if its an Ammeter could be a loose connection on one of the post. Everything goes through the ammeter.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    Log off and go float, hang in the party coves, Show and shine on the trailer, fill up the boat, wax it, v-drive, jet, outdrive, and if you got a canoe and your reading this, you sir, need to phucking upgrade.

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    Um, Have you checked the most common thing it could be? That would be the 30 or 50 amp circiut breaker at the terminal block at the rerar of the motor mounted to the bell housing? One push of the resetable circuit breaker and your back in business until you find out what caused it to pop in the first place.

    If you don't have one, thenstart looking for a inline fuse to the ignition switch usually under the dash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futs View Post
    Um, Have you checked the most common thing it could be? That would be the 30 or 50 amp circiut breaker at the terminal block at the rerar of the motor mounted to the bell housing? One push of the resetable circuit breaker and your back in business until you find out what caused it to pop in the first place. If you don't have one, thenstart looking for a inline fuse to the ignition switch usually under the dash.
    Thanks futs, as I said I haven't really had a chance to look at much but will definatly eliminate the easy stuff first then progress towards the altinator theory. I haven't tryed jumping it yet as it was 9 pm sunday by the time I got it on thectrailer. Just put it on wiped it down and came home. There's a pic of me getting towed in the pic thread! At least it made it through the weekend! Thanks for the input guys. Keep it coming.

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