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Hi Vinny, good morning my name is Jason.
Can you be more specifically by "hard starting"? Is the engine cranking over just fine but not starting, or is it not cranking over?
Loose mags definitely could do it. What that would cause is low ignition system voltage. If the ignition system isn't getting enough voltage the cois either won't fire or it will take lots of cranking to get them to fire. Out of curiosity, how long have you owned the outboard for, and has it ever been any better or different for you in the past?