I recently purchased a used 12-foot aluminum boat with a Yamaha 9.9 4-stroke outboard motor.
Earlier in the week, I had started the motor a few times in the driveway (in a barrel of water) without issue. I also started the motor on the lake once today too -- it worked as expected.
It was my first time ever using a motorboat. So I'm admittedly clumsy with the motor. When I ran the motor the first time, and put it into forward gear, I was alarmed by how it lurched forward and by how fast the boat was moving. So I hit the red stop engine button. And took a minute to reflect. (For what it's worth, when I was moving around in the boat, I accidentally pulled the kill switch out, since it was clipped to my life jacket.)
Long story short, I put the kill switch back in. And tried to start the boat again. But for the life of me, I couldn't get it to start. And I still can't get it to start now that I'm back home in the driveway.
The motor worked fine until I used it on the water. That makes me think I'm making a dumb, rookie mistake.
Why won't the motor start, now that I've used it?