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I have a pair of 2001 250 outboards on a 2001 Grady marlin.

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I have a pair of 2001 250 outboards on a 2001 Grady White marlin. (About 600 hours on engines) All was running well. I hip towed a 25 ft cal sailboat to their dock. (About 6 hours) Aux fuel tanks went dry 3/4 way trough the return journey with boat in tow. I changed to main tanks and continued. Along the way engines seemed hard top sync. RPMs would vary plus or minus a few hundred rpms. When I returned home engines were running rough. Took boat out and tried to throttle up but engines would not go over about 3400 rpm's and they had trouble getting boat on plane. The engines were dogging.
Can you help me
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Boat
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Retried everything this morning. My mistake. Engines will not go over 2500 rpm's.
Changed the 10 micron fuel filters. No change in engine performance.
Expert:  Joe replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for allowing me to assist you, my name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you with your concern today.

I would start by emptying the fuel filters into a glass jar and letting it rest to see if there is any water or debris in the fuel, also check fuel pressure, since the problem is with both engines I would start by checking fuel, since you ran the tanks dry it is a good chance there was junk in the bottom of the tanks that is now stuck in the system.

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