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amarfanhar

93 Echelon merc 351 surf starting problems

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amarfanhar

I have been having a blast with my Echelon lately surfing. We have one problem....

When either side of the boat is weighed down with balast (1100lbs of fat sac ballast) the engine has a really tough time starting. It will start only upon balancing the boat out. The engine is fueled by a Weber carburator.

If you have any knowledge on what would be causing this please chime in.

Thanks,

Todd

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Michigan boarder

350, 351, whatever it takes.

Can you balance it out by VAB moving around when starting it up?

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amarfanhar

351 slip of the tongue. VAB??? I searched. I dont know where my variable action button is? :)

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Michigan boarder

Sorry, VAB is Voice Activated Ballast (dudes in the boat).

What does it do, crank like it's flooded?

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amarfanhar

Cranks like there isn't any gas. I choke it... pump the gas and occasionally I can get it to start while tipped sideways in the water. It is a problem that I'd like to fix.

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malibuparadise

Could it be the carb needs a standard leveling wedge under it, if it doesn't have one now? That was once my problem when driving in Tokyo Bay with nice waves everywhere (skiing not surfing).

I added the wedge and no loss of fuel after that. FWIW

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