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When your outboard dies in open water with water in the fuel.

My outboard was running fine till it sputtered and finally quit while trying to get back to shore. After inspecting I found water was the problem. I was in open water couldn't take the Carberator apart to drain the bowl (drain clogged). Another boater had come by and had Carb-cleaner with him. The trick was how to get it in the bowl to displace the water (spraying in the carb will not work). I thought thru the fuel line and took the gas line that feeds the Carb off on the outflow side from the fuel pump, sprayed carb-cleaner into the line and turned over the motor. After 2 times it fired right up. I had tipped up the fuel tank so the water settled to the bottom and made it to the dock about a half an hour away. Wanted to pass this on, I had just a little water in the gas and it was my fault for not adding sea-foam after I filled the tank with my fuel can that was in the back of my truck... Lesson Learned. Hope this helps. Mike Home

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