- Water Crafts
- Challenger 1800 with Mercury 210 hp
This is my first post and I would really appreciate some help. I have a 2000 Challenger 1800 with the 210hp Merc. I bought it last August and it ran beautifully all the way through to end of October (in Connecticut). I then had it shrink-wrapped for the winter. It was parked in my driveway. This past April I had it opened up and serviced (basic plugs, filters, etc.). They found a bad fuel line and replaced it. Otherwise, there were no repairs or issues. I had spinal surgery and was not able to launch the boat until this past weekend. It started and ran fine, but when I started to open the throttle it choked and almost died; I shut it down to idle and it ran fine. I took my daughter's BF out on a tube and it got to a max of 23 MPH before choking again. After that it got worse and worse, to the point where I didn't think we would get back to shore. So, any suggestions as to the problem would be greatly appreciated. Could this be the cause of the issue: Every piece of power equipment I have ends up with a mouse nest over the winter. Could there be one in the intake gate or, now, further in the jet pump mechanism? Since the issue got worse and worse as I used the boat, could the nest/debris be way inside the jet? If so, how can I clean this out? Thank you for any help you can offer! Brad.