Originally Posted by uncle al
if its a pull start you have in gear start protection, (just dont turn it over on the starter when in gear)
That is a mechanical no start device for in gear protection, but won't apply to electric start. The electric starter requires a neutral safety switch.
I did forgot I added in a rectifier/charge controller, long after adding in electric starting. My electronic load was such that my battery would get quite low by the end of a three day weekend. Leaving the GPS on for hours had a lot to do with the battery condition. Many engines already have the stator in place so look to see if there are two or three wires coming from around the flywheel that are not in use. That determines which rectifier you need, and I would recommend getting one that is a charge controller too, not just a rectifier. I bought one for a motorcycle off of Ebay for $15 used. If it ever fails I will just do the same thing again. You can buy them brand new for motorcycles and PWC's for around $100 US dollars. It does not have to be the one spec'ed for the engine, as that is probably really expensive.
Does this boat live on a trailer, or get taken apart each use?