Originally Posted by 76S&S
I haven't ran into this issue but did you have the water on very long before you attempted to start it?
When I run my boat out of the water, I don't turn on the water until the engine is started.
If your gaskets weren't seated well yet I can see it. I always start it, then turn on the water, turn off the water before I kill it.
I've lost a head gasket on my Chris craft kbl doing that, but those do it a lot easier due to the copper gaskets. I've never had a problem on a modern motor. If you do the bucket fill trick you'll never have to worry...