Much of my fishing adventures is based on my love of the salt water. A big part of my gear involves making sure all my mechanicals are in top shape. This includes outboards, electronics, and safety related items such as up to date flares and fire extinguishers. I had recently swapped out an older T9.9 kicker motor for a new T8 Yamaha motor that is a little longer shaft (XL) versus (L).
This helps the powerhead get higher above the waterline. I really wanted a new motor with power trim as the older Yamaha didn’t have that in place. What a process its been to first remove the old motor, de-construct the shifter cables, 7-pin harness, and power leads.
I soon found out that the T8 was in need of a new relay and starter. The new started was $350 from Boats.net, but was able to locate a Taiwanese version that replaces the Hitachi starter for $170 new and free shipping.
Pictured is the kicker with the starter removed. Easily done with two 12 mm bolts and a 10mm positive lead at the bottom of the starter.
Comparision of the Hitachi starter Yamaha (68T-81800-00-00) on the left and the Taiwanese starter on the right sold by OMB Warehouse Part #AE_SHIO131
I was skeptical, but after reading the online reviews of the Arrowhead starter, felt comfortable ordering it as my local marine repair shop quoted me at least $150 to rebuild the worn Hitachi starter. Figure that going new is a better option than trying to fix broken.
It was a quick 15 minute installation and the new starter engaged and spun like it did igniting the powerhead and voila, we’re good to go. I’ll probably have the old starter rebuilt if the cost is reasonable so I have a backup just in case one of the kickers were to go out in in the future. So far, I’ve been happy with the Solas 4-blade prop also made in Taiwan which I am using on my Arima. However, will likely go back to the Honda 3-blade for more speed and lower RPM’s.
The ‘new’ to me fly fishing and crabbing boat is almost ready for the Ling opener just about 2 months away. Still have to replace the bildge, figure out the in-operable Lenco Trim Tabs, and possibly mount a digital throttle controller for the T8. It always seems to be something involved and I’m still searching for a Radar dome for the Arima.
It is rewarding to be able to seek out new locations not accessible to the guys walking in a wading or accessing private land. While, it somethings its frustrating, the rewards of the sea are worth it.