Summer is finally here. That means it's time to take your boat out on the lake and do some fishing. But what do you do when your boat is on the water and the engine won't start? Before you start thinking of an expensive boat repair, there are some simple tricks you can try to get it started. Here are some tips to get your boat engine started:

1. Fuel your boat.

This seems like a no brainer, but many owners forget to fuel their boats. Even if you filled your boat up last summer, fuel can evaporate, leaving the tank empty. Also, your fuel gauge may be broken. When the engine won't crank, checking the fuel levels are the simplest and easiest way to solve the problem.

2. Check the gears.

Boats have many safety features in place. One of these features is that the engine won't start if the boat is in "neutral". Check the gear the boat is in. Even if the boat isn't in neutral mode, shift gears to see if this solves the problem.

3. Check the kill switch.

Another safety feature most boats have is a kill switch. This is a cord that plugs into the switch panel to allow the driver to remotely kill the engine if someone falls overboard. This is an important features that prevents runaway boats. If you have one of these and the engine won't start, ensure that the device is properly plugged in. If it's even a little loose, the engine won't start. Also, a defective or broken kill switch may be to blame if it's plugged in and the engine still won't turn over.

4. Check the battery.

If this is your first time out on the water, it's very likely that your battery ran out of juice. Use a portable battery charger to check the battery level and charge the battery if necessary. If the battery has enough power, check to see if the cables running from the battery are plugged in and in good condition. Check the connections for dirt and corrosion. Wipe off dirt and grime with a soft cloth. Often, a good clean connection is all that's needed to get your boat started again.

5. Check the spark plugs.

If none of the above tips work, a bad spark plug or ignition could be to blame for engine trouble. A spark plug tester will tell you whether the ignition is bad or if a spark plug needs to be replaced. Install new spark plugs if needed. Unfortunately, if the ignition is bad, you will need to get your boat in for a repair.

These are five tricks you can try if your boat won't start. If these tips don't work for you, call a mechanic for a boat repair. To learn more, contact a company like Chuck's Marine.

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