My 1977 85HP Johnson has a little pocket inside the cowl with a rope and wooden handle for pull starting the engine.
First, is this a practical piece of equipment, can this motor really be started by a normal person underway? (not in a lab with Hercules pulling on the rope)
Secondly, if I were going to replace the rope and handle, what length of rope and what type of rope. It looks like the original was cotton, but I don't know.
Finally, what are the steps/best method for rope starting?