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Outboard pull start upwards instead of out??

My 28 footer has a purpose-built well for an outboard. Though my current engine is electric start, I am considering downsizing to an 8HP 2-stroke that is pull start. But access to the well and engine is from above.

Are there kits to redirect an engine's pull start direction upwards rather than straight-away (like some sort of turning block)? Pulling upwards without some sort of low-friction redirection seems like it'll have friction requiring much more strength to pull, and will chafe the rope.

Just wondering if anyone has seen anything of this sort.

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Re: Outboard pull start upwards instead of out??

Good idea.

I've seen chainsaws with the brass grommet worn all the way through from the cord not being pulled straight. Of course, chainsaws are started much more frequently than obs, but the direction of pull is still not as "bad" as what you are suggesting.

Not sure if anyone makes such a kit, but you probably could rig a turning block inside the well, or maybe even on the motor.
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