Originally Posted by Sinistre1
Actually there is a pushbuttony sort of looking thing in the front of the engine where one might expect a starter button to go but it seems to be permanently affixed. I actually tried to push it thinking it might be a button but it is not.
Unless it's a stuck button? Any wires out the back of it?
Sounds a lot like my old Suz. I had two blanking plates - one big one over what would be the starter key switch, the other over what would be the E- stop / deadman. If that was the case (i.e. electric start, tiller control) I would have thought those would be obvious. Makes me think there will be a big (6+ pin) connector, probably down the LH side (as you would look at it from in the boat) which may have been tucked out of harm's way or just dropped down into the bowels of the engine if it's not supported by the cable.
If it was a full remote control machine, there will be more holes at the front (probably 3, near where the battery cables come through the casing) to let the throtttle / gear cables and the remote wiring out.
It crosses my mind that if it cranked when you connected the battery, the "start" pin (assuming the plug is hiding somewhere under the cyl / carb) shorted against something metallic?
Good luck at the weekend.....