Had 300 hr service completed in early spring now this season can't get engine to 5400 were it ran for the last three plus years. 5000 is top rpm, change prop to next pitch size down and no rpm gain. Boat and its load has not changed and hull is clean. Fuel filter changed and 4 plus 1 conditioner ran always with supreme fuel and XD100 oil. Did notice when got back from service slot of black exhaust coming from engine for first few minutes. Please help
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