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Old 12-10-2015, 02:05 PM
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Igition key - right/left?

Just curious. I was always told never to leave the key turned to the right position unless the engine is running because the fuel pump will continuously run and you will burn it up. Is that still the case on newer 14' and up boats? If we stop the boat and are listening to music, should we make sure the key is to the left?
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Old 12-10-2015, 02:24 PM
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Best practice, yes.

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Old 12-10-2015, 02:52 PM
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Doesn't the hour meter continue to roll if the key is in the "on" position?
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Old 12-10-2015, 04:30 PM
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Key turned to first right position= engine run (and accessories, including hour meter)
Key turned to left position = accessory only (no engine or hour meter)

In addition, if the key is turned to the first right position (run), fuel pump will kick in but only for about 5 seconds. It primes the system but will shut off if it does not see the engine rotating. No real worry about failing a pump.
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Old 12-10-2015, 05:05 PM
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A 2014 likely has engine hours collected on two locations. The true and more accurate hours, will be stored in the engine ECM. It will only accumulate when the engine is running. The other location is likely on the helm display. Id bet that it is also only accumulating hours when there is a tach signal from the ECM.

Older boats that had a stand alone hour meter would for sure tick off hours when the key was in the RUN position.

Fuel pump is likely on a 3 second timer just like a street vehicle. Runs for 3 then shuts off if there is no RPM.
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Old 12-10-2015, 05:07 PM
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There was a larger problem of key on /engine off causing problems with older ignition systems. New ignition systems are internally protected.
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Old 12-10-2015, 05:28 PM
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On the new boats, engine hours are only recorded at the helm when the engine is on. I believe that the threshold is 300 RPM's or greater.
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Old 12-10-2015, 08:22 PM
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Thanks guys. What really got me wondering is, I found myself turning it to the right while the boat was off so I could scroll through the settings on the touch screen. When the key is to the left, my screen is off.
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Old 12-10-2015, 08:52 PM
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Same with the 2010-2011 screens. Right gets you the screen, hours do not record. Left, stereo and accessories.
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