Mostly because I did the repairs
Needed a new ( used) flywheel
Replaced the stator replaced a cdc or something like that. Changed out a spark plug condensor.. all in an effort to get the 2ed spark plug to have a spark. Also replaced the head gasket for the water, was leaking around the spark plug in the process to get the lowest bolt out a grinded away some of the housing. Yea I'm a little concerned lol lol. And I have never really been out on a boat much at all let alone one I'm in charge of. No AAA to call for a tow lol.
Again thank you for your help with the other motor shift shaft issue
I did get a couple of paddles and I thought about a trolling motor but no point in getting a cheap used one if i'm using that as a backup for my cheap iffy merc lol. nd trolling motors new are not cheap so just the paddles
now to find someone with boating experience that will take a chance helping me out lol
In addition to the suggested items already mentioned, I bought one of those larger ski ropes made for pulling inflatables for up to 4 people… it is a larger diameter rope and has a 6 foot long built in bungee inside the rope in the middle. I think it is 60’ long, but can be tied shorter… that way I always have a tow rope in case the helping boat does not have one and also it takes out that jerk you often get when starting a pull and when pulling through waves. At least a decently strong 30’ rope can work. Flare gun or other flares help if people are far away… required in some states and sometimes limited requirements based on boat length, but I believe required on federally navigable waters… anyway, it is good to be seen if stranded far from others or days not so busy. I also carry extra drain plugs… sometimes I have needed when I can’t remember where I put the main plug, so I grab the back up and sometimes it has been used to save another vessel that may have launched without the plug… I saved one that way coming into the launch and finding people in panic and boat taking on water fast. Some days, any of us may need a little help. I have “washed” the inside of my boat a time or 2 over the last 50 years, but luckily caught it quickly before it was dangerously late… oopsy.
I'm new to working on outboards and one thing that I have noticed is that it will run quite different in the water than on muffs. I assume due to the back pressure that is added pushing the water out of the way as most of the exhaust if not all of it is exiting from under water with most outboards. If you have issues be prepared to tune on the water or get a 55 gal drum and run it in that at home to make sure she idles in gear in the water.