Pull starting your outboard!
Well I always thought that it was a mad idea to pull start my engine V4 100hp Johnson but the other day after starting it normally I thought of giving it a go, & yes started first time! But this had been wormed up first!
Well yesterday went down to the Hamble put the boat in loaded up but could I get it started no! I think the kill switch was in crocked, but by the time I had found this it still did not want to start. For the next hour tried all sort of things, cleaned the plugs, changed the fuel supply, checked primer bulbs, out of gear, Evan changed a HT lead that I though may be at fault! But still nothing & by now the battery was getting too low to turn it over at any speed!
So out came the bit of rope wound it around the flywheel & after a phew pulls it came to life! Let it worm up then out for a spin. It was not running too well lacking power but did not say much as did not want to get the wife worded. But stopped put back the original HT lead & all back to normal running like a posy cat.
So I had managed to pull start a 100 hp outboard that was only running on 3 cylinders from cold, if I had not done it I would of said no you are wasting your time!
Well the delay did give the kids a chance to do a spot of crabbing, so not all bad & I know that if I have a flat battery I just get out my bit of rope.