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Think through {{the|your} {guide} basic|the fundamental|the essential} {levels|amounts|ranges} of troubleshooting before {assuming|presuming|supposing} the worst.

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A simple fix saves the day
But for the {second|2nd} time that day, {I|We|I actually} went from hero {to|in order to} zero. The engine {still|nevertheless} would not start. Tim Bower

My wife and {I|We|I actually} bought our first {boat|vessel|motorboat|ship} in 2010, a 2002 MasterCraft X9. {At {the|the particular} time|During the time|At {that|that will} time}, we lived {far|much|significantly|considerably} from the nearest {dealer|seller}, so I dug {into|in to|directly into|straight into} understanding the boat {mechanically|by mechanical means|by artificial means}. I collected a cache of parts for {the|the particular} {most common|most typical} {reliability|dependability} issues, one of {which was|that was} the in-tank fuel pump, {according to|based on} a MasterCraft {owners|proprietors} forum. I practiced {replacing|changing} the pump to {ensure|make sure|guarantee|assure|make certain} I had {all the|all of the} correct {parts|components} and tools at {the|the particular} ready—very proactive of {me|me personally|myself}.

Fast-forward to 2012. {We|All of us|We all} bought a cabin {on a|on the} lake {in|within} Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. {It|This} was a boater’s {dream|desire|fantasy|wish} of a day {in|within} late June, and {my|the|our} wife invited {{a couple|a few} of|a few} families {to|in order to} come out with {their|their own|their particular} kids. While greeting {our|our own|the} guests, my kids {encouraged|motivated|urged|prompted} our friends’  kids {to|in order to} play inside the {boat|vessel|motorboat|ship}, using it as {a|the} swim raft.

Soon {it|this} was time to {head out|go out}. I cranked and cranked and cranked, but the engine {didn’t|did not} fire. Looking at {the|the particular} long faces in {the|the particular} boat, it suddenly {occurred|happened} to me—it must {be|become|end up being} the {fuel pump|mechanical {fuel|gas|energy|gasoline} pump}!

I removed {the|the particular} pump assembly from {the|the particular} tank and headed {for|with regard to|regarding|intended for|to get|pertaining to|meant for|designed for|just for} the boathouse. With {my|the|our} handy parts kit, {I|We|I actually} reassembled the pump, {and|plus} it was back {in|within} the boat within {45|forty five} minutes. But for {{the|your} {guide} second|the 2nd} time {that|that will} day, I went {from|through} hero to zero. {The|The particular} engine still would not  start.

Sitting in {the|the particular} captain’s seat pondering {troubleshooting|maintenance} steps, I {decided to|chose to|made a decision to} check the emergency {cutoff|cut-off} switch lanyard. I {could|can} not believe what {I|We|I actually} saw. It was {lying|laying|lying down|resting} on the floor {next to|alongside|close to} my {seat|chair}! One of the {kids|children} must have knocked {or|or even} pulled it off {while|whilst} playing in the  {boat|vessel|motorboat|ship}.

The lessons I {learned|discovered} were that my {boat|vessel|motorboat|ship} {is not|is just not|is not really} a playpen and not to {jump|leap} to the most {complicated|complex|difficult} root cause. It {always|usually|constantly|often|generally|continually|at all times|consistently|normally} pays to take {the|the particular} time to think {through|via|by means of} {the basic|the fundamental|the essential} levels of troubleshooting {before|prior to|just before} assuming the worst.

Eric Nault

Minneapolis

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