Originally Posted by PamlicoTraveler
Sounds like a good approach.
It's tough though because I can't replicate it. So I start with the connection and then go start it and it's fine. How do I know I really fixed anything unless I just see a bad connection.
Don't look for just one bad connection. Check the entire 12V system related to the starting circuit. Battery
lugs, terminals, crimps, cables
, solenoid connection and, especially, ground connections. Check also the starter switch connections, harness, solenoid connection.
Once you remove and clean/tighten/replace these it's very likely you've fixed the problem. You'll know soon enough.
For the chap who "went thru 3 solenoids"....something's wrong there, mate! I've only had a single
solenoid failure in nearly five decades of boating
. Have seen a couple of others on client's boats, though.