Join Date: Feb 2010
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Re: Soliciting thoughts on a new outboard
Just trivia, if you decide you want an independent start battery. Last season, the start battery for our 18hp outboard on the dinghy failed and I decided to skip it to save weight. It took about a month to realize I really missed not having to climb over the installed seat to pull start.
Although, a $100+ marine start battery just seemed silly. So I went to Napa auto parts and bought a $30 lawn and garden tractor battery, which is about a third the size, and it worked like a charm all season. These little motors are no harder to start than a tractor. I charged it about three times all winter and it barely needed it. I just installed it for season 2 yesterday, so we'll see how it goes. Even if I had to toss it annually, it would weigh less and still cost the same. I bet I get another season out of it.
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