I'm a big fan of Betamarine because they freed me from what a sailing author called "the tyranny of the diesel". I know for some of you diesel
experts any engine
will do the job. As an untrained mechanic
BETA's product support enables me.
So hand-cranking: I contacted the manfacturer about hand starting.
"There is no provision for hand cranking on any of the new small diesel
The old diesel engines were often somewhat tempremental and the charging
systems were not as efficient as todays.*Thus many*had a decompressor lever to remove the compression
and then you had a hand crank to back up the electric
starting. No such provision is available for any of the new generation diesels."
I respect their brand and view. I'd still like at least a conceptual hand start option on a 25 hp diesel. How would you set this up? Can I add a pulley like a rope
? Do I add the pulley to the starter motor
or the engine
? What cranking power is needed? Two strong people pulling- is that enough? Can I hurt the engine doing this? If I rig blocks and a 5 gallon jug of water
dropping/pulling a halyard
is that enough force?