Thanks guys, all great ideas. The two forums were very helpful. I think that I have two problems.
#1 the carbs definitly need cleaning no mater what. Every fall I run the engine with the fuel line disconnected untill it runs out of gas. I think my mistake ia not adding Extend to the gas tank first and then running the engine. I think my way leaves a small film of gas that turns to varnish over the winter. After the 8 years that I've had the boat, I think that the varnish is finally plugging the jets enough to cause problems. Time for a good cleaning.
#2 I think that I have an electrical problem some where in the system but I need to rule out a carb problem first. This engine has two power packs and four clyinders. I pulled the plugs out to see whats burning how. The plugs on the left side are a nice coffee brown but the blugs on the right are a off shade of white leading me to think that either they aren't firing all the time and are washing clean, they are very wet and oily, or are running very lean. Which takes me back to the carbs.
Because it's sooo slowww around here I should have time this week to hang at the cottage a couple extra days this week and drink beer................. OOPS I mean trouble shoot the motor.
Thanks again for the help.
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