I just had my outboard serviced end of last season. When I got it a year ago, it would tend to start up on first pull. Here's what I want to understand: It will not run below medium-high speed. If I go one degree below medium, the motor will slow and eventually stall. At the same time, at medium-high speed, if I kick it into neutral, it immediately races. So the upshot is there is a very narrow range of throttle, below which I cannot go lest it die, but it is too high to run routinely (jamming in and out of D and N like this will surely shorten its life). I need to leave the engine be while I throw dock lines and such, and I need to be able to throw it into neutral without spending 30 seconds re-adjusting the throttle. I tried fiddling with the fuel richness, didn't seem to do much. It is putting me in a very dangerous situation. Some boat (mine or someone else's), or a dock or a crew is going to get injured.