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Hello from British Columbia, Canada. I have recently purchased a 2001 242 for pleasure cruising and salmon fishing on Vancouver island and have found this forum very useful to date and wanted to contribute a recent problem/solution.
About a month ago I got the feared starter "click" instead of an engine start. It started every 2nd or 3rd time, and would eventually start. After a quick look at the manual and a search on the Rinker forum I replaced a starter slave solenoid. Everything was great for about a month and then as we loaded the boat up with the family, the dreaded click was back, same issue... rather surprised the slave solenoid failed twice in a month?
Long story short, it turned it was a faulty ignition switch that was the main culprit all along. Didn't find the issue until I tried again, and again to start the engine and and got a rapid click,click,click noise and when I measured the voltage on the starter slave solenoid I found a low 5V. So that led to further troubleshooting and found the switch was failing and causing a high resistance and robbing the voltage for the solenoid.
The starting circuit is fairly straight forward to troubleshoot, but I wouldn't (and didn't) suspect the ignition switch and the initial problem came around to bite me twice... so hopefully this helps someone in the future.