If I understand your posts correctly:
- You have had trouble with your starter (specifically failure of the solenoid to operate to apply starting voltage to the starting motor) in the past.
- After sailing recently when you attempted to start the engine
you had NOTHING...not even a click of the solenoid.
-You bridged from the solenoid connection to the starting motor
connection at the starter and the starting motor
ran but didn't engage the flywheel to turn the engine
(this is abnormal because this should both move the starting motor gear
to engage the flywheel and power up the starting motor).
-You checked for voltage at the solenoid connection on the starter and had voltage (this is normal).
-You checked for voltage at the battery
connection to the starter and had no voltage (this is abnormal if you had your battery
switch selected to a battery).
-Your battery or batteries are charged (by solar
If all this is correct I would put money
on your problem being a failure of your starter. I just don't see how these symptoms translate into water
in the engine.
-Check the oil
to see if you can see water
in the oil
-Enlist a friend to hold the decompression lever to relieve cylinder compression
and put a large wrench on the drive pulley nut for the generator
(cam shaft) and turn the engine over. It has to turn unless it is seized whether it has water in it or not.
-Check the oil for water again.
-Remove the starter and take it to a starter/alternator/electrical shop to be tested.