Why is it spare parts are needed at the most inopportune times? This morning’s project was to fresh water flush the Tohatsu outboard. Rinsing all the salt out is far less corrosive and generally just better for storing the outboard for six months. David attached the water hose to the outboard lower unit and pulled the start cord, which promptly disintegrated in his hand.
Now he’s holding a pull cord attached to nothing. Lucky for us we have a spare.
Your outboard is certain to be different than ours, so this is not a step-by-step, but suffice it to say, read your owners manual and figure it out. Not a big deal. Don’t expect it to go perfectly, our new cord wouldn’t rewind all the way back in, but it’s only time, right?
For more details on this process, see “Extend Your Outboard’s Life: Fresh Water Flush”.
Finally, the outboard started and the fresh water flush is complete! Comments or other spare parts that cruisers should take? Cheers! Jan