Went to see the helpful folks at Powerhouse Marine today.
They looked up my outboard on the microfiche thingy and told me there are two types of 20D...one fitted with a rectifier and one with a rectifier regulator. Fortunately mine falls into the latter category.
Went to see the less helpful peeps at Maplin !
They seemed failry clueless...but having studied the online catalogue, I invested in a v small and light 12v sealed lead acid battery rated at 4.2amps.
With a 6 amp/hour drain on a battery from the Navman 7100 radio when transmitting at 25 Watts, I estimate this would give me about 40 mins of full power transmission time if the engine conked out.
Hopefully I wouldn't need to be keying the mic for 40 mins at 25 watts in an emergency.
I also bought a solar power regulator rated at 5amp to regulate power supply between 14v and 22v DC. It sounds like I won't need this now, if the 20D output is rectified and regulated, although I think it may be a good idea to fit it anyway.
I would value any other input anyone has to make...
When I get time to get this project started I will take some pics as I go along and post them.