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Stubborn Outboard Remedy Sought

One of Cruisers’ Net’s generous contributors who has shared expertise for your benefit, via their excellent blog, The Crabby Captain and the Sunny Sailor, now requests your assistance with a problem many of us have suffered through. Let us hear your suggestions.

Help us before my husband throws our Mercury outboard in the water!
We have a 2003 Mercury 15hp outboard motor on our dinghy (which we purchased with our Beneteau sailboat) and it shuts down (or off) when under a heavy load.
He had a mechanic rebuild/service the carburetor ($300) and still have the same problem.
Since then he has tried:
-Changing the fuel tank and hoses (helped it to work for a while and then went back to the same problem)
-Changed the fuel in the tank
-Changed the gaskets and fuel filter
-Changed the spark plugs.
Does anyone have any helpful suggestions so that he doesn’t end up throwing it in the canal? My sunny side can only get us so far!
Please send help! (Or a new motor if you have one!)

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