Ok, I read form your other thereas that it was the starter motor wasn't playing!
I am guessing this engine has fairly standard electrical connections. Now, this is a high level guess, but as a 25 it will likely be configured for both tiller & remote operation. Can you borrow a control box from someone? - if not does it have a tiller as well as the remote connections? In which case it's a pull start job & put your deadman on the engine switch.
The first thing to do is google "Yamaha wiring colours". Thankfully they have been pretty consistent over the years. - then at least you know what you are chasing.
It may be something as daft as your ignition switch has developed a leak & is corroded internally - it should short the deadman when "off" - if it's not going open circuit due to a dead switch...... (and by the sounds of things your starter wasn't entirely helathy due to corrosion, so probably is the contrrol box - it's worth checking all the bullet connectors and the non IP rated microswitch in there too - those 703s are less than watertight!).
(Just don't take the side panel off when it's attached to the console unless you know whatps in there - don't ask me how I know not to do that again!
- it makes an intreresting 3D jigsaw....