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I guess you have had the full range of advice to work on and I won't add to that, except to say that I agree completely that your first step should be to make sure the battery is fully charged.

On a more general note, it is interesting to see how many people have starting "difficulties". The single-pot Volvo diesel in the boat I owned in the UK was always a slow starter, especially following de-winterisation. It had been fully checked out and everything was OK, except that the compression was slightly lower than new (not surprising, since it was 20+ years old), although within an acceptable range. The Yanmar 2GM in my present boat starts effortlessly, even in cold weather. It has low hours and I am simply speculating that older engines are slower to start mainly because of the declining compression issue.

Of course, engines with glow plugs will be different, since presumably the plugs would be able to "compensate" for the declining compression.....

Anyway, good luck and happy starting!

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