On a small outboard
a spare starter rope
is a really good idea. 40 hp is getting to the point where a rope
starter is approaching impractical for some of us advancing in age. In my youth I had a manual start 50HP, but I'ld probably spend two weeks on muscle relaxants if I was to try pulling it now.
Above all make up the spare starter rope ahead of time and keep it in the Dink. Murphy's law would state that the odds of the primary rope breaking is directly proportional to the rowing distance back to the mothership and proportional to the square of an opposing current
. On the otherhand having a spare available would mean that breaking the primary is nearly impossible.
Also most engines with a recoil starter require the removal
of that starter to place the backup starter rope so make sure you have the proper tool to remove it available on the dink.