I have a chance to pick up a bigger motor for my boat. I just want some advice on prices, and reliability. Hopefully I can get some input here.
Here's a quick history. I run an old 14 Aluminum. It is deep and wide, and at one point in it's like (before modification), it was rated for a 40Hp. For a long time, I ran a 1983 25Hp Evinrude, and it would scream across the lake. But the 83 was really hard on gas. I got an opportunity of purchase a 1987 Evinrude 9.9 from a good friend. This motor was far far better on gas, and with me and my GF in the boat, it still moves pretty good.
But as life changes, and kids grow. Now I find myself running my family across the lake, loaded with camping gear for a weekend with a family of 5. And I can only crawl with the 9.9.
My friend offered me his 1998 Johnson 25Hp Tripple, for what I think is a good deal. He got the motor recently, not running. Bought a 400 dollar computer for it, (not sure why there is a computer in a 2 stroke??).. Ended up doing some research which lead him to disconnect a temperature sensor, and it fired right up, and according to him runs great. But I know nothing about this motor. Supposedly they are good solid motors, but I don't know about getting parts for them, how hard they are on gas, reliability, price, etc.... Does anyone here own one? Or have worked on them before??? There a pic below of the the exact motor.
The next part of this is my old Evinrude. I will need to sell it to afford the 25. But I don't know how much to list it for. It's kind of unique. It was owned by someone who legitimately has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It was always removed from the boat EVERY time it was used, and stored in his basement. He bought it new in 87 and documented EVERY SINGLE time the motor was ever turned on. I bought it in 2011 for a smoking deal. I tried to keep up with the documentation, but only lasted 1 season. Because of it's condition and very low hours, I really don't know what to list it for. Have a look at the pics, and if you guys could help me come up with a fair list price, I would very much appreciate it. To say this motor runs perfectly is an understatement. The maintenance it needs right now is a new prop shaft seal. It has a very very slow leak. A drop or two of oil each use.
Any advice on this situation would be greatly appreciated.