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Hello. My name is Tan.
Is the shift stiff. This is most likely the beginnings of a shift cable issue going to the drive. Try this disconnect the shift switch at the shaft bracket and see of the issue goes away. It will be hard to get the engine out of gear. So shut engine off pull in to neutral and start engine and shift into forward. Does it stop hesitating?
Is this an OMC cobra?
Is this a sterndrive or inboard?
Who is the Marine manufacturer of the engine. OMC, Indmar???
Do you have a model number or model year?
Everything depends on what engine set up you have.
Ok This will be an OMC Cobra set up.