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The correct way to start the engine would be to put the handle into neutral, give it 2 full pumps, bring the handle back to about the 1/3rd open position, and turn the key to start. Are you near the boat to try starting it that way?
It looks like you had a chance to read my reply. Are you near the boat to give this a shot?