1996 115 mariner MADNESS!! HELP
Enjoy your new boat!
did the guy come and clean your carbs? might want to check you gas line and bulb too.
If it did, does not sound like a carb problem. If the carb is dirty it will start poorly all the time.
Older two strokes can be finicky. You have to find the balance of when to choke, how much to choke, and how long to choke.
I had a 2005 Merc. XR6. Almost took the darn thing back after 1 month because after sitting for an hour (or even 30 minutes) it was difficult to start. As time went on, I found out the problem was me, not the motor. I learned all its quirks and could get her going quickly. I repowered in 2010 for fuel economy reasons, but she ran great. If you try choking it and it does not work, try not choking it. If you may have accidently flooded it, put the boat in neutral, and open the throttle up 100%. Once it starts, back it off quick.
Don't get too frustrated, you and your motor are still figuring each other out.