How to Connect a Boat Motor Starter

How to Connect a Boat Motor Starter
When you have that urge to head out onto the river or lake, whether to do a bit of sport fishing or go to your favorite shoal for camping, your boat needs to get you there. A boat motor has to have a starter to operate, and you must connect it properly before a fishing or camping adventure. Connecting a boat starter is not unlike connecting a starter in an automobile. Just a few bolts and a couple of wires need to be connected, and you'll be on your way to your favorite spot on the water.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Locate the three bolt holes under the motor. A boat without a starter will have an exposed flywheel, with the three holes around the diameter of the flywheel.
Step 2
Line up the holes on the starter with the holes around the flywheel, then insert the bolts and finger-tighten them in a clockwise direction.
Step 3
Connect the battery terminal negative wire -- red wire -- to the starter, then connect the positive clip wire to the motor. The clip wire will be the smaller wire, with a press-on clip, that leads off of the starter. The red wire will lead from your battery and connect to the starter.
Step 4
Tighten down the bolts on the starter with a socket wrench, and ensure that the wires are connected properly.

Article Written By Jeremiah Blanchard

Jeremiah Blanchard has been writing professionally since 2006, specializing in topics related to nature, the environment, conservation and philosophy. His work has appeared in activist columns on Socyberty and Authspot. Blanchard studied art at William Carey College and history at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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