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First thing is to make absolutely sure the battery is good. A bad battery will not take a charge and will not pass voltage through to start the engine. The fact the bilge pump also isn't now working points to a bad battery.
Make sure all connections are good, tight and clean.
If the battery checks out then remove the engine cover and locate the inline 20 amp fuse, check this fuse and make sure it is good.
Post back what you find and we'll go from there.
The tilt and engine starting run off the large battery cables from the engine. The bilge is on a separate circuit, not connected to the engine. At least it shouldn't be.
You need to do a load test on the battery. Any auto parts store can do this for free for you. When you reconnect the battery make sure the connections are tight and on shiny metal of the battery and the terminals on the cables.
I still suspect you have a shorted battery, it is the only component common to both the bilge pump and engine.
Check the connector from the engine wiring harness to the boats harness.
Do you have a meter or a 12 volt test light? Check for voltage on the start solenoid where the battery cable connects.
Check the battery voltage. What are the two readings?
Check the ground cable on the engine is clean and tight.
Ah so common.
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