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Old 12-09-2013
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Re: Outboard Starting Procedure

If you try to impose your will on an outboard, you're entering into a world of pain. It's best to learn what it wants and stick with that.

My process (Tohatsu 4 stroke/probably irrelevant to you) is:
  • Open air valve on tank
  • Pump the primer
  • Full choke
  • Throttle at the "start" triangle (about 1/3)
  • One slow pull of the cord, which seems to align something and keep it from bucking
  • One fast pull of the cord

90% of the time, this works perfectly (I'm crossing myself, knocking on wood, and scourging myself with a sage bush as I type this).

Hell hath no fury like an outboard scorned.
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