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F 115 four stroke

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With all the good things you hear about the 4 strokes, here's something to keep in mind. Long story made short, it is next to impossible to rope start an F 115 4 stroke due to high compression. Deep in the marsh, I finally was able to do a 1 rope turn on the exposed flywheel and reach over to the key switch and do a pull and turn and she fired up after four attempts. The 2 strokes were easy to rope start.
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   tom1959
dead battery? call seatow!
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I carry a jump box just for those unexpected occurrences. It is also very handy helping someone else and is a lot safer and easier then they to jump someone else while afloat, you just hand them the box. Still should join SeaTow because it's not a question of if you're going to break down, it's when.
ARRIVE ALIVE!!!
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   jer1945
carry a set of jumker cables, connect to a trolling motor battery
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not all boats have trolling motors, plus what happens when the trolling motor battery doesn't have enough boost left in it to roll the engine? Answer, Jump Box.
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   Big Moroo
Thanks for the comments guys. My point was to create awareness that you can't rope start an F 115 four stroke with whatever the cause may be. My problem turned out to be a defective starter. Good and safe fishing to all...
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Are you a SeaTow member?
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   Big Moroo
Secret, no I'am not and I do understand the value of being a member to most fisherman however, inshore, I have emergency help available if needed. Offshore, I usually have another boat friend not far away. Well, it's been working that way for the last 40 yrs. Thanks...
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Big Moroo, I appreciate your position, I was the same way for almost as long, but this is what changed it for me. I like to fish the Grand Isle area and until I sold my camp it wasn't a big deal. If I broke down we were basically close and every boat we saw had come from Grand Isle, so a tow back wasn't a tremendous imposition on a good samaritan. But now I launch from Myrtle Grove and still fish the Grand Isle area, naturally we see plenty of other boats but few if ANY have run 30+ miles to start fishing. I prefer to be self reliant and towing a 4,000lb. boat can be a tough proposition on the best of good samaritans even if I did find one going my way. So, I take comfort in being a member knowing that if I need them they are coming to tow me back to my 'home port'! And I'll be towed back at 25mph, not at 2mph. Best of luck to you my friend. ARRIVE ALIVE!!!
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   CaptJS
If travel 30mile trips you should have Sea Tow not any question. But I would never tow a boat from GI to MG. Just pick up the trailer and drive to GI get the boat. You can sit inside a AC marina waiting for help much better than fighting the heat and waves and time would be about the same. Just like Sea Tow is a must a cell phone and a buddy that knows where you fish is a must no question if you fish often.
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   Big Moroo
I will try to top off the towing discussion with a little funny thing. Many years ago during a Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, I was towing a boat in with forward gear problems when my engine started running hot. We swapped towing positions coming into the weigh in with the other boater towing me in reverse gear.
Ok, it's not a fishing report anymore, I'am gone..
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