Yesterday I took my boat out for the first time since last summer, the motor is a 1988 75hp Mariner. Ran it on the water hose at the house and it was a little rough at first, then smoothed out and was running good. Put the boat in the water, started up just fine, so I started upriver with it. Got about 300 yards and all of a sudden the motor sputtered a little, then ran ok for a minute, then died. It would start back, but only run for a second or two. Luckily I had somebody there to pull me back to the ramp. When I got it on the trailer and out of the water, tilted the motor up and gas ran out the front of the motor, guess it was just flooded from me trying to start it, but the gas was milky looking. For one thing, do you think its stopped up carbs causing the original problem? Also, does water in the gas give it that milky look? On top of my gas tank which is under the back deck (aluminum bass boat), there is a rubber gasket under what looks like where the fuel pump is. There's just a little gas on top of the tank, is it possible that gasket's leaking and needs to be replaced?? Sorry if this is confusing, I'm not real smart when it comes to outboards. I'll be taking it to my mechanic this week, just wanna put my mind to rest that its something simple.