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Using sails to crank the engine
I dont know if this'd work or not but on my 28' S2, if I am in gear and under sail, the prop turns.
So, would it be possible to open the compression levers, get going well under sail, watch the prop spinning the decompressed engine, throw the compression levers in and start the engine?
In reality, my cruising method of starting my engine with weak or nearly dead batteries is:
Crank a few times to coat cylinders with lube
drop in one lever
then drop in the second lever as she tries to start.
If that doesn't work, time for my secret weapon, the new spare charged battery I keep in a difficult to access spot. I have to dig it out and connect it. I fully charge it a couple times a year and then put it away.