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Outboard Engine Problem, Help!!!

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OK, I need some help. I have a 21 ft Seaswirl with a Johnson 130 outboard. I was out fishing on Saturday, everything was fine. I stopped on the way in to make a few casts, and when I went to start up again, nothing. I eventually had to get a tow from SeaTow. (Thank God for tow insurance). I can't figure out what is wrong. I get absolutly nothing when I try to start the motor. All of the other electrical systems are fine. I don't believe it is the starter, or the batteries, nothing happens at all when I turn the key (no clicking of the starter, just silence). All of the wireing looks fine, I checked the connections to the battery, and they are fine. My guess is either a simple loose wire that I haven't found, or possible a problem with the shifter.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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Thanks for the help so far guys. I have checked all of the fuses I could find. I did find one that was blown, and replaced it (and the fuse housing itself bacause it was pretty corroded). I have not done a continuity check rsylnny,but, I will a next step.
Funny though, as I mentioned yesterday, I think it may have someting to do with the shifter. I was able to get some power to the engine by moving the shifter into Foward. Wierd.
Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for the advise so far, I knew I could count on your guys.
Guess what guys, it was the neutral safety switch! Boat is working fine, goin' fishing now. Thanks to DoctorFish, and rsylnny for all your help. I hope I can repay the favor.
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