Well.......turned out to be a frustrating day! Got to the lake about 10:00 and put in at Holiday. As I am on the ramp launching the boat cranks but wont turn over. Look back and the gas line connecter to the motor has popped off. Would not re-engage, some little metal part is broken off. Pull back up the ramp and head 20 minutes to Quinlar and picked up a new connecter at O'Reilleys (they dont have them at the one in Wills Point)
So almost back to Holiday when Bam!!! A blowout on one of my trailer tires, first time in 40 years of boating.. I had checked the pressure on both this morning and they were fine. So I pull into a neighborhood and start jacking up the boat -- but my bottle jack wont extend all the way for the tire to clear the ground. I have used this jack at home on the boat and never had a problem. So a noce guy stops and asks if I need anything and goes to his house and brings back a jack. I got the spare tire on and headed back to Holiday.
Back on the ramp again and cranking & cranking, wont turn over. Checked the kill switch cord, only had about a gallon of stabilized fuel in the tank mixed with 8 gallons of new gas. I noticed that the primer bulb never got hard as i was squeezing it and commented on that to a couple of guys.
So I pull back up the ramp and give up. Not my day. Fished off the bank for about 30 minutes and headed back home.
So I Googled the primer bulb thing and found thet the bulb shouold be positioned vertically so the check valve in the bulb works properly. As I look at my boat the original installation has the bulb laying horizontally with a bit of a downward angle. It only had enough slack in the line to let me slightly raise the bulf from horizontal, but as I did this the bulb got hard. I will get some fuel line hose and add a piece so I can orient the bulb vertically and try it at home with a muff (I need to buy one, along with a bigger jack, and a new tire or two. Hope your day was better than mine - life of a boater.