"Bruce, just ran accross your
"Bruce, just ran accross your post. I have replaced the ignition systems on a couple of old Gale's with a new system from a company called Atom.
They are based out of Austrailia and make ignition systems for small motors (weed wackers and the like).
They did market a kit called the "atom computer" specifically for outboards - does away with the points etc and has worked quite well on the ones that I replaced (one has been running for over 10 years now with their system).
Anyhow, here's their website. You will have to get ahold of them to see if they still produce a kit - back about 10 or 15 years ago they did have agents in the US/Canada where you could get their products but I haven't had need of there parts for a number of years now and have lost the contact info.....
A "professional" is someone who gets paid for their work - it doesn't necessarily mean they are good at it :)