Got out on Saturday for a test run... first time away from the dock this year.  I've run the engines a few times and all my winter tasks are complete.  20 feet from the dock the Port engine dies.  NOT THIS AGAIN.  Water in Fuel? Water under distributor cap?  Got it going a couple times more and long story short, same thing on Sunday... decided to change the distributor cap and spark plugs because that's what I did to the Starboard last year when it acted up.   Installed them last night... everything fires up and runs nice.   Head out for a test this evening and everything is going fine.  A couple times I move up to 1500, then back to idle (that's when it stalled before) ... time to go up on step...  2000....2500...2800...3000 .....   Port engine suddenly dies at 3100 rpm  boat turns left.  After I gain control and I go to try to restart.  forgetting I'm still in forward.  engine turns over then sputters... then clunk. Not sure how it turned over when I was still in gear, normally it won't let me do that.  I pull it back to neutral. Try again. Clunk Clunk Grind.   Back to boathouse on one engine. again!   @%$#$#$&*&%%$%#@%^^%$*(

Back in the shed begin my inspections.  Pulled the starter... no shavings or wear on the gear.  Pull the Transmission dipstick.  Looks full and clean.  Move the gear cable to forward and reverse... seams ok.  try turning the shaft by hand turns free but it is really loose... compare it to starboard shaft... very loose.!

Where do I start? I'm running GM 350K engines (counter rotating engines) about 5 years old with original Paragon P33 2:1 transmissions.  This being the port it is the normal rotation.  Can they be inspected in the boat... is this a must be rebuilt to be reliable situation? Is it possible this isn't 5 Boat Bucks by the time I'm done?

Lee I read your story about a small transmission leak from 2016 about rebuilds and recommendation of Kalamazoo...  they have rebuilds on the shelf? Already sent an email to them from their website.   

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Update,  PHEW!

Starter rebuilt $200, connect 2 wires and 3 bolts... up and running.  

But still have condensation in the new distribution cap! see new thread.... re drilling holes in cap.

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