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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" :p 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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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.

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Do you have an ammeter or volt gauge?


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No but I can get my hands on one easily.
I mean in your boat


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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.
 

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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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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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Like Futs said, definitely don't overlook the obvious. My thoughts on why the alt is because you had electrical things turning on and off, engine sputter, stuff like that. Those all sound like a low voltage problem. Still could be as simple as a dirty ground or faulty switch. Best advice is start at the simple stuff and work in a methodical direction, don't go jumping all around and changing parts without a reason. A volt meter is going to be your friend. Good luck!
 

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Like Futs said, definitely don't overlook the obvious. My thoughts on why the alt is because you had electrical things turning on and off, engine sputter, stuff like that. Those all sound like a low voltage problem. Still could be as simple as a dirty ground or faulty switch. Best advice is start at the simple stuff and work in a methodical direction, don't go jumping all around and changing parts without a reason. A volt meter is going to be your friend. Good luck!
Thank you sir. I will heed all advice given here and any more given.
 

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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.
WINA WINA WINA!!!! Reset the ciruit breaker and presto! I glanced at the motor real quick when it happened but didnt have time to mess with it as I was getting into some rocks and couldnt get into the water due to a surgury I just had so I wanted to get under tow asap. Once that happened I said f it and started throwing em back. :D Put it on the trailer, wiped her down and called it a weekend. Thanks Futs and everyone else for the advise!

Cheers

P.S. Im hoping the cause of the kick out was just the fact that I was playing my stereo too loud for too long. We shall see....
 

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WINA WINA WINA!!!! Reset the ciruit breaker and presto! I glanced at the motor real quick when it happened but didnt have time to mess with it as I was getting into some rocks and couldnt get into the water due to a surgury I just had so I wanted to get under tow asap. Once that happened I said f it and started throwing em back. :D Put it on the trailer, wiped her down and called it a weekend. Thanks Futs and everyone else for the advise!

Cheers

P.S. Im hoping the cause of the kick out was just the fact that I was playing my stereo too loud for too long. We shall see....
I recently had an overcharging alternator problem (18v) that tripped the breaker every time i shut the boat off. Replaced the alternator and even though it charging properly, it still trips after shutdown. Im pretty sure those little bastards do go bad:mad:
 
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