Originally Posted by SPR
In UK at least if your engine breaks down don't wait 3 hrs trying to fix. Call the CG explain the situation and they might come to your aid, but at least you have alerted them of potential
In this case it was the middle of a nice sunny day, except for the rising wind and resulting wave height, and I was drifting toward my destination.
Also, I got the engine to fire a couple of times with emergency rope pulls (electric start 40 HP), which gave me false hope.
Turns out I had 2 faults: a defective kill switch, and a dead (i.e. 1 shorted out cell) battery. Both worked OK when I set out that morning.