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lost spark on outboard (Johnson)

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Hi all, don't know if questions like these relate to fishing, other than I'm stuck at the dock during the fall fishing  >;)   I was running my boat here at the house, had the outboard in a large bucket to muffle the noise and for water intake.  Water was moving freely through the engine and the boat was running fine.  Then it happened, the engine shut off, now it has no spark, the kill switch is fine, the ignition is fine, the stator is putting out the recommended voltage, the rectifier seems to be operating fine, but from there the spark is lost,  nothing to or out of the coils.  I'm at a complete loss, any suggestions, other than take it to a mechanic.  Thanks

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1987 Johnson 110 hp VRO 4 cyl

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sounds to me like the power packs.  I have seen boats that run, but very poorly with bad packs and I have seen engines that have never had one problem just quit.  without the capability of diagnostics, you cant tell if the packs are bad.  If you could somehow get your hands on some that will fit your engine, you could try that

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Thanks for the advice.  The reason I looked for advice here is because I live over an hour away from the nearest outboard mechanic.  the only option I have is the guy I bought the boat from, I trust him but he is working shifts and don't know how long it would take him to get to fix the boat.  I talked to him the other day and he thinks it is the power pack as well.  Hopefully we can get together in the next week or so and get her fixed.  

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