Re: Outguessing the Outboard
When I do a browser search for 8HP Nissan the results show both electric start and an alternator as options. Don't know what year yours is but you can do a search and find the features that were available. If it's new - did you read the tech material that came with it? If it's not new you can likely find and download the tech material for free on line.
"It's not what you know that's important...it's what you do with what you know." -H.G. Rickover