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That's not much of a post to diagnose your problem from...
Is this an I/O or an Inboard???... big difference!
If it's not a case of the motor "stalling" and it just shuts down, it's probably a case of a bad or misadjusted neutral position switch/cable.
Otherwise... it could be your idle or carb settings.
 

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Check your idle rpm's, if they're in specs could be fuel pump, carb needs a rebuild, air filter,How old is engine? when was last tune up, Has anyone checked the timing? could be a vacumn leak. How old is gaswhat about apark arrester?
 

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had a chance to look at it earlier when it would start it would run fine but most of the time as soon as it trys to hit it shuts right down
 

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You're still not giving us much to go on......
If it's not simply dying when you put it in gear (at low/no throttle), I'd rule out the neutral switch thing..
If it's dying when you try to give it gas, it's likely the accelerator pump in the carb, or stuck floats.
 

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What was the question got lost looking at eaglelarry's avatar. But yes sounds like a carb problem. Or check the compression on the motor. If the compression is low then you might not have enough power to move the gears.
 

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I'll go along with the others and lean toward a fuel problem, based on what's been posted.
Be sure to check the fuel lines and fuel filter while you're at it. If you can pull the fuel line ahead of the carb and crank on it while holding a container to catch the fuel, it might give you an idea of how well the fuel pump is working.
 

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Are you running it in water or on the earmuffs, can you fast idle it out of gear and throttle up or not ?
 

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using muffs

when it starts it runs great fast idle in or out of gear but most of the time it just trys to start then the starter disengages and nothing some times the starter just clicks instead of cranking not often though
 

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Poor connection between batt. and starter.
weak battery
bad starter bendix
bad starter
 

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Or a bad starter solenoid. Causing not enough voltage to get to the starter.
 

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Possibly a loose belt, remove the battery as its running and see if it stalls when put into gear.

Maybe bad gas, bypass the tank with an secondary tank.

The battery HAS to be installed in the boat, if your using jumpercables you wont get enough power to start it. Been there.

Draino
 
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