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flint99 posted 06-14-2002 10:59 AM ET (US)   Profile for flint99   Send Email to flint99  
Just wondering if anybody or everybody stows a pull cord incase the battery, starter etc. fails. I remember my dad always had one and remember him having to use it a few times to start the engine while we were out fishing. Is this still a common practice?
timbo posted 06-24-2002 09:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for timbo  Send Email to timbo     
a simple bow line will often do the trick. on some of the newer bigger block motors it is very hard to get the energy to pull the motor. On my yamaha 40 there is a pull and electric so I was taken care of by the factory. I also have oars in super emergency. Just last season my friend Jim had to pull start his 88 spl. It was a trick but hey it worked.
phatwhaler posted 06-24-2002 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
You may have a pull cord tucked into a pouch on the inside of your motor's cowl.

phatwhaler out.

simonmeridew posted 06-24-2002 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
It is amazingly easy to pull start my Johnson 70 HP with a rope. See the thread about this topic about 2-3 weeks ago. My motor manual has directions about how to disable the electric choke to pull start it, an easy task just turning a valve 180 degrees; otherwise you need to have a helper push in the key/choke while you pull the rope. Major caution: that rope will swing around after it leaves the flywheel and that knot will leave a welt on anyone it reaches, including the person holding the key in.
You should try starting the motor manually, if nothing else to give you some confidence that it can be done. Like I said, you will be astonished how easy it is.
EddieS posted 06-25-2002 12:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for EddieS  Send Email to EddieS     
I was once fishing with a buddy and his father on their Winner 1800CC with a Evinrude 120. When we put the boat in the water to fish out of Bodega the battery was dead and the motor would not start. I jokingly suggested to my buddy's fathter that we could try pull starting it(Joe my buddy was shaking his head trying to discourage me from finishing the thought because he knew his father would take me seriously. Funny thing is it was very easy to start with the pull rope. Personally I would want a fully charged battery, but we did not have any problems that day. Best thing is to have two batts for this kind of problem.


Bigshot posted 06-25-2002 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
It is also a good idea in case those keys fall over or get lost. You disconnect the main wire harness(the red on oMC) and yank. You will have to choke to kill it but at least you get home. This has NEVEr messed up my voltage regulator or rectifier even though you have basically disconnected the battery.
Chris J posted 06-25-2002 10:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
I think there was a thread about this not long ago. But anyway, yes, lots of engines come with an emergency pull cord and if you don't have one it won't hurt to get one, provided the flywheel on your engine has a notch for it.
Draftmanswife posted 06-26-2002 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
I'm with you Big, on the extra key. Sometimes it even breaks. I keep one tie-wrapped to the hoist eye under the cowling.
I actually forgot my key one time, but a few hundred miles from home, it saved me from having a bad trip. Regards,

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