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The engine starts then stalls after a few seconds. Then refuses to start after several tries. Slightly shifting into foward or reverse and back to neutral, allows the engine to finally start. Last time it happened it started after trimming the engine up slightly.
When you turn the key to START, do you hear the starter try to engage the flywheel or is there nothing happening but the gauges due turn on?
Your description of having to wiggle the shift lever suggests that the neutral safety switch inside the control box is loose, intermittent, or out of adjustment.
If trimming the motor higher or lower makes a difference, then maybe the wiring harness coming out of the engine has broken strands inside of it.
Is this a newer motor installed on an older boat or did you buy the whole rig as new?
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