I realize this forum pretty much focuses on the sailboat aspect, but I do have a question to anyone that may have experienced problems with this motor. I bought this outboard motor from the Santa Monica Yacht club which was raising money for a charity. It is a 2006 Mercury 3.5hp four stroke long shaft outboard. This motor is hard to start and will only run for a short time by using full choke. I have done some research on this problem and it does seem to point towards the carburetor. I've cleaned the carb several times, but with no change in results. I'm not that good of a sailor and the marina in Lake Havasu City, AZ is like a zoo most of the time. With this being the prime destination for many college kids during spring break and other holidays. So for me, I think it's important to get away from our marina with the least amount of confusion. Any help is very much appreciated.