I'm looking for some experienced input on the topic of "Dead in the Water". Specifically, a dead battery. I have a small hewescraft with a 115hp Yamaha 4-Stroke outboard. I have two marine batteries, with a battery controls switch. While running, I am charging both batteries in the BOTH position. While fishing, (outboard off, bilge pumps on, wash down one, music playing, GPS running, etc.) I turn the battery switch to a single battery. Figuring if I kill one battery, I better shutoff all auxillary electronics, and get the outboard up and running with my remaining battery.
Seems like a fool-proof system, but its a boat, and something will go wrong one of these days. Now I had a small kicker as an auxillary unit, just for back-up in case of engine/battery problems. But it was stolen this winter, and I am having an issue coming up with the money for a new one (nothing is worse than paying for something you already had).
One question I have is, has anyone had any luck starting a 115hp+ 4-stroke outboard manually? And how. They included a pull-cord with the manual, but I had a hard time figuring out the process.
I go out on overnighters, and every morning I am nervous if the engine will start. It always has, and I hope it stays that way, but you never know. I went out on a friends hewescraft earlier this spring, and due to some incorrect wiring while installing a radar, the batteries died (all three) on a day trip. Luckily we were in cell service, and could call for a tow.
Any advice through experience would be greatly appreciated on this topic