Can a Hard Pull be remedied for an old man?

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paulfromYork
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Can a Hard Pull be remedied for an old man?

Postby paulfromYork » Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:49 pm

I have a 12 hp Gale, and the last time I was out, I had some trouble starting it. My little 12 ft. Tinny has a walnut shell paint job on the bottom. Very good for traction. Very bad for old knees. I had road rash on them for several weeks!

Is there any way to modify an old twin cylinder with a compression release? Or how about an electric start? I'd rather it be easier to pull!
(Yes, I could just kneel on an old towel, but a compression release would be more fun!)

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Re: Can a Hard Pull be remedied for an old man?

Postby FrankR » Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:58 pm

Model number of your Gale is??? Some can be fitted with electric start, some not.

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Re: Can a Hard Pull be remedied for an old man?

Postby Dave Bernard » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:54 pm

I have a real nice 18 HP evenrude electric if needed.

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Re: Can a Hard Pull be remedied for an old man?

Postby John C » Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:55 pm

This is where you start inviting younger people on your outings. Give them the thrill of starting and running the old motors.

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Re: Can a Hard Pull be remedied for an old man?

Postby jw in dixie » Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:26 pm

I have the same problem - tore rotator cuff on my pulling shoulder. Thought of a custom larger rope sheave screwed to the wheel. Have not been out this year. :(
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paulfromYork
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Re: Can a Hard Pull be remedied for an old man?

Postby paulfromYork » Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:03 am

Dave B, I have a 12 ft tinny! The 12 is already 2 over. 18 would be 8 over. And the thing might not float for very long.

So, compression release not possible?

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Re: Can a Hard Pull be remedied for an old man?

Postby FrankR » Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:00 am

Anything is possible if you have enough money to have something custom manufactured. But no, there is no stock off-the-shelf compression relief system for that motor.

Still waiting for the model number.

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Re: Can a Hard Pull be remedied for an old man?

Postby Garry in Tampa » Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:10 pm

The oval rope sheave is a little easier to pull as it has greater leverage when going against compression. It would require changing the flywheel and starter housing assembly. . . :?:
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Re: Can a Hard Pull be remedied for an old man?

Postby Garry in Tampa » Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:47 pm

On the other hand, I had a neighbor with a 16' Wolverine powered by a Sportfour with a simplex starter. He installed a steering bar and remote controls. He extended the starter rope through a series of pulleys along the keel to a pulley under the forward deck back down to a pulley on the end of a hinged board and anchored back under the deck. The weight of the board was countered by a door spring. It wasn't pretty, but he cranked the motor by stepping on the board . . . 8-)
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Re: Can a Hard Pull be remedied for an old man?

Postby EvilTwin » Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:24 pm

Drill, baby, drill...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y4QJBUOaS0

Only would be feasable if you can easily remove the shroud & recoil or on older motors that have the sheave/flywheel nut exposed.

Or if you really don't like your feet:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2OLFu-4PwsA

I am not responsible for any injury or damage. :D


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