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Westerbeke 38B4 hard to start

My 38B4 takes 3-4 pushes of the starter before it will start. The procedure I do is hold the glow plug for 30 seconds, while holding glow plug push starter button and it turns over no problem but does not start. Usually on the third or fourth time it starts, even when it is warm.

I have replaced the glow plugs, which 2 were bad.

This motor you turn on the key and when you press the glow plug button the fuel pump starts. It is a no bleed system. The book also states to push the throttle to wide open.

I have owned the boat for 3 years now and things have not changed since I bought it.

Any ideas, I think it is a fuel problem but I don't know where to start.
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