From the depths of despair to the highest of the highs- TIDE TOGETHER III is in!

Start the boat in the driveway with the rabbit ears- after a bunch of priming she starts and runs. McCarthy lends a hand and a tow.

Swing by Rocky Neck but tide is too low so we head across town to Dun Fugin ramp at the high school.

Dunk her at the high school ramp and have the engine going (not under load) still running.

Pull about 20 yards away from the ramp and she stalls.

Wind ripping- tide screaming- right toward the marsh.

Try to start and can get her going occasionally with the choke but not consistently and as soon as shut down the choke to put into gear she dies.

Take out the little paddles and paddle to about midway across the river back to the boat ramp but the wind and tide are too much.

We grab onto the 50 buoy and thankfully a while later a couple of guys swing by and tow us back to the boat ramp.

Defeated, tired, depressed.

And While I figured it would be an hour task tops turns into hours without a clue what my next move was

Texted a couple of more knowledgeable boat guys and explained that I could hear a little air escaping when I squeezed the priming ball.

Took the connection off and noticed the o-ring or gasket on the connection was definitely not perfect with probably a two millimeter crevice where air/fuel definitely could escape creating the fuel delivery issue.

Check out the o ring on the original fuel line connector compared to the o ring on the new one:

So the connector replacement was as easy as loosening the clamp that secured the old connector to the fuel line and replacing the old connector with the new one.

Clipped it on, primed the motor and she runs better and starts up immediately like it’s a brand new engine. (It only has 100 hours on it. No looks brand new under the cowling)

So we went from the lowest of lows and in despair to the highest of highs.

Thank goodness. Boating season 2022 is officially on! Thanks Chris, TJ, Joey, Bubba and Scottie for the advice/helping hands.

TIDE TOGETHER III IS IN!

Mark the tape! May 7, 2022!

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