Sounds like the starter drive (sometimes improperly referred to as "bendix") is not sliding on the shaft to engage the flywheel. I would remove the starter and do a bench test to see if that is the case. You certainly want to remove the starter and inspect before doing any damage if there is an alignment issue.
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Originally Posted by Bouyhead
Installed my carb that was rebuilt by thatsmrmastsercraft, Thanks Peter!! Hot or cold this boat starts and runs like it fuel injected.