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Can you be more specific about what the engine is doing? When you turn the key to start, is the engine cranking over but not starting. Or is it not cranking at all?
Got it. When you hit the start button is there any noises or whirring coming from the engine compartment at all?
Also, when was the last time it did start?
Got it. The whirring is the stator motor spinning. When was the last time the engine started? When was the last time you used the boat?
Got it. The whirring is low voltage to the starter. More than likely it is either a weak or a bad battery. Do you have a handheld volt meter in order to test it?
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Not necessarily. If you have a bad battery with a dead cell, hooking up a jump pack or a set of jumper cables what is going to happen is voltage from the jumper is going to want to charge the battery, and not make it's to the starter. I'm not saying it is your problem. But it does need to be checked. Do you have a hand held volt meter and do you know how to take basic voltage measurements?
Without a meter there is nothing for us to test. If I were in your shoes I would go and get a brand new battery, install it, and see what happens. That is all you can do at this point.
That is voltage at the keyswitch. What matters is voltage at the starter with the starter engaged.
This stuff is all testable, but you would have to have a meter and know how to take voltage measurements. Without a meter all we can do is talk about it.
If you want to try some things without a meter to see if you can get it going you could also try removing the battery cables, sanding down the ends until they are clean and shiny, sanding down the battery posts until those are clean. And then try it. Corrosion adds electrical resistance in a circuit. Resistance keeps voltage from reaching the starter. If you have a battery switch in the boat you can also try taking that out of the loop. Running the battery directly to the starter. If you want to try some things before calling in the mechanic, those are things you can try.
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