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Old 07-08-2017, 11:13 AM
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I'm sure there are worse places to be stranded.

As I sit overlooking the beautiful, emerald Bahamian waters & contemplate life, I'm left with one unanswered question; Why is the starter sprocket made of softer metal than the flywheel it engages? Some things I guess we were not meant to know.
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:16 AM
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It's so you can learn to pull start!!

Might be possible to bump start that engine, depending on how fast you can run on that other engine.
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:18 AM
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Which would you rather pay to replace?
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:19 AM
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Which would you rather have - worn teeth on the starter gear or worn teeth on the flywheel?
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:21 AM
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Sometimes, on some starters, in an emergency, you can turn the starter teeth upside down and use starter.
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:56 AM
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Bump start an outboard ? I'd pay to watch it done....
But i would seriously try to rope start it...
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Old 07-08-2017, 12:05 PM
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I've bump started my 225 Opti's more than once. I tried it just for kicks and it worked well, so I kept the option open. You really need to be able to plane on one engine, and many boats will not do that.
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Old 07-08-2017, 12:53 PM
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I didn't believe you could bump start them either. Tried it for grins and giggles one day, worked on my hpdi's. I run four blades so I don't know if that made any difference.
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Old 07-08-2017, 01:12 PM
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Got towed in part of the way once when the 200 wouldn't start on my Uncles Aqua Sport. The tow boat had a pair of 250's, and he was moving us along. We noticed how fast the prop was spinning in neutral, turned the key, and put the motor in gear, and it fired right up. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't been there.
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yup.... bump started a few times over the years.
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Old 07-08-2017, 01:22 PM
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I'm not sure "trapped" is the word I'd use.
Unless of course that little tropical system out there turns into somethin' somethin'.
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Old 07-08-2017, 01:52 PM
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Well, the saga continues. After five hours, we now have stripped teeth on both starters AND the flywheel. They tried a newly scavenged starter and stripped the teeth off it and a few teeth on the flywheel. So they took the starter off the other engine and put it on the unstarted engine. You guessed it... stripped teeth off THAT starter. Others say this mechanic is our best hope on the area.

Wife is afraid to cross even IF we somehow get both engines somehow started, at this point.Oh, and Monday is a Bahamian holiday. Looks like we're likely here for a while.
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BTW, mechanic says NO WAY the four stroke is going to bump start. Too much compression compared to the two stroke engines. He says it would be nearly impossible to pull start one. I dunno, because I think I could pull start one. I'm not a light weight, though.
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Sounds like the bendix teeth are not meshing deeply enough and slapping the flywheel . Are there shims on the starter? A picture of the starter teeth up close that stripped maybe to see how deep it's running on the flywheel?
Has the motor turned over at least once? Could it be locked up?
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If it's stripping the teeth on the starter gear, is the engine seized or partially seized making it harder than normal to turn and therefore stripping teeth?
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Old 07-08-2017, 02:14 PM
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I used to pull start (i.e. with a rope) my old evinrude 90 frequently. A larger 4 stroke would probably be more difficult, but I'd still try it. Just make sure no one is behind you when you try (you'll probably accidentally punch them in the face). Once a cylinder fires, you're not pulling against much compression. From the picture, it looks like you could wrap a strap around the flywheel and get enough friction to spin the motor.
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We once pull started an older carb'd Yamaha V6 200hp. I kid you not.
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Where in the bahamas are you? If you have tow boat US extended towing you can get towed weather permitting.
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Should be able to sign up for intl towing, have to be towed out to intl waters
Swap starters, then swap back ! Unless you're trying to compress water....
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Bump start an outboard ? I'd pay to watch it done....
But i would seriously try to rope start it...
I have done it, inadvertantly, but I have.
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