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HELLO GUYS... this thing is a diesel... there are no points or even an ignition system... it's a diesel...
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For a temporary fix, try using needle nose pliers to grasp what is left of the key in the switch. You should then be able to turn it off.
The same thing happened to me a few years back. While sailing toward the sea wall just outside of the harbor in Annapolis, the key broke off in the ignition. We dropped the jib and eased the main sheet to reduce speed and luckily was able to start the engine relatively quickly (although the mood was tense at the time) by using some needle nose pliers and grasping the end of the key that was left the cylinder. By digging out some of the plastic part of the slot where the key is inserted we were able to get a bite on the key. We used the “pliers” technique successfully for 2 more starts and stops until we replaced the switch.
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Didn't think about an electronic fuel pump - Ill check that. The points and ignition issue is obvious, but I appreciate the comments.
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I have a bilge blower that is wired to the ignition switch on my CS30 - when the key is on the blower is on - might be a good idea to check and see if you have one as well. If so, then just reach inside and loosen one of th ignition wires.

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Until that start switch key lock is replaced. Disconnect your batteries and carry the battery cable home with you. A cheap form of security.
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You must be getting old...took you 11 hours to pickup on that....
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