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07-09-2012 03:58 PM
CarbonSink62
Re: Outboard start with Electric motor?

My back up home generator has an 11hp motor that is very difficult to start; if I can't get it in 5 pulls, my efforts become greatly reduced. I start it with a 18V cordless driver/drill now:

1. Pull off the recoil starter cowl and access the big nut under it ( 1 - 3/16" in my case).
2. Put appropriate socket on the drill.
3. Duct tape the socket, adapter and drill together.
4. Put the drill on "1" (hi torque/low speed).
5. Using the proper rotation, fire up the drill.
6. Yank off the socket ASAP after the engine starts.

Step 3 is very important to making step 6 complete smoothly; leaving the socket on the engine to fly off later is bad.

I'm not saying this is a good thing to do (especially on a boat) but that's how I would do it. I pulled the cowl off my 5hp Merc this spring and found the top of the flywheel to be smooth and unbroken; no way to drill start that one!
07-08-2012 08:37 AM
dnf777
Re: Outboard start with Electric motor?

Hey! Hows come we don't get a $1000 tax credit if we buy a Torqueedo electric motor?? Don't Priuses get a big tax break? I'd look into it at the state and fed level if I were buying one.

But that was going to be my suggestion, but was beat out above. Consider an electric motor.
07-08-2012 07:42 AM
cruisingdream
Re: Outboard start with Electric motor?

No need to pull anything . Just flip a switch. Torqeedo, Ray Electric Outboards, Inc., E-Drive
Electric Outboard, aquawatt green power electric outboard motors,
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or Electric Outboard Drive for Small Boats
07-08-2012 12:25 AM
melee401
Re: Outboard start with Electric motor?

Heay,,you old geezer with shot shoulders who started this thread,,,,,,,go the hell out and get one of those new fangled electric motors for your dink affairs. Damn things can drive a fully loaded loaded 18' boat with a 160 HP outboard motor around year after year with no problem.
Stop being a cheap old geezer, your children need you to live forever ya know.
07-08-2012 12:15 AM
melee401
Re: Outboard start with Electric motor?

rip from his hand<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Man, I bought this drill once to "just" bore 1" holes into tree stumps.
Try that sometime. Even with the clamp on "T" handle it about through me.
Cranking a 4 HP motor is "easy" enough, until thing bites you back.
If he uses anything it won't matter when (not if) the engine fires backwards. Without the safety features included in the OEM to prevent backlash his SSSS will be DOA. At best he will be feeling around under water for a drill that went MIA and hopefully the cord will have detached. Another scene would be a cordless high powered drill gone.
I mean c'mon,,,,, he needs to get an electric 12 or 24 V electric motor here for the sake of being safe. Let's stop the pretend here.
07-07-2012 11:53 PM
Quickstep192
Re: Outboard start with Electric motor?

I would think that it's necessary to have a way for the connection between the drill and the motor to quickly release after the motor starts, or the motor could outpace the drill and rip it from your hand.
07-07-2012 08:22 PM
smallboatlover
Re: Outboard start with Electric motor?

yes it can be done with a drill thats how i start my old snow blower you have to have a drill to start it only way.
07-07-2012 06:33 PM
melee401
Re: Outboard start with Electric motor?

Screw the OB's on dinks period.
Oars, sail. or electric. Freaking auxiliary drive for the boat is enough work I don't need another baby to tend.
The batteries take a nipple once a week in most instances. The weight of the batteries to drive them is what it is. You can use smaller batteries or larger ones as you would larger fuel tanks or smaller for your engine depending on you needs.
No gears, not injectors, no fuel purity issues, no mixing 2 stroke fuel, no keeping any gasoline aboard, no frayed pull start ropes, no allot of stuff. AND those batteries can supplement and backup electrical storage already aboard.
Small OBs make great secondary anchors,,,,,,,,, they really do!
07-07-2012 06:15 PM
Bamazeb Ive seen electric starters for gas pull start edgers at Lowes. Perhaps this idea might work? Also a cool Youtube of a guy starting his OB by hand with no Cord.
07-06-2012 05:24 PM
melee401
Re: Outboard start with Electric motor?

Winches are no problem with my shoulders but pull starts sure are. I gave into an electric motor for my dinghy and having used it for about a year now would never go back to an OB. NEVER!
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