Need guidance, thinking of purchasing used outboard.

Discussion in 'Outboard Maintenance' started by papo, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. papo

    papo I Love microskiff.com!

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    Thinking of purchasing a used outboard between 3.5hp-9.9 to put on my gheenoe. What are something's I should look for when buying used, what are do's and donts and some things to look out for.
     
  2. topnative2

    topnative2 Well-Known Member

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    1. compression check
    2.ck lower unit oil after u run it ,for h20-white color
    3.test run does it sound"good"
    4.if it looks abused ---it is
     

  3. Skydiver

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    Look for any obvious damage but I always check the compression. It should be fairly close between cylinders. Check the gear oil in the lower unit for contamination. Hear it run at minimum, lake test if possible. Make sure the engine not only runs but shifts and doesn't pop out of gear. I look under the cowl, if it looks like bolts have bee rounded off or its been wrenched on a lot ect I would pass.
     
  4. papo

    papo I Love microskiff.com!

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    Thanks for the quick replies guys, is there anything in particular I should stay away from (brands or what not)
     
  5. topnative2

    topnative2 Well-Known Member

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    stay w/ the 5 major brands
     
  6. HaMm3r

    HaMm3r Well-Known Member

    Well, don't know what model Gheenoe you have, but if you're looking for under 10hp, it must be one of the highsider/lowsider/nmz models. If that's the case, stay away from anything under 8hp. Any less and you'll really be limiting yourself on where and how far you can travel in it.

    Also, make sure you buy a short shaft (15") model, unless you've got a riser plate/jack plate. It can also be difficult to find parts for some older engines, so if you're considering one from the '80's or earlier check some online parts suppliers, and if you see a lot of N/A or NLA, don't buy that motor.
     
  7. iMacattack

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  8. papo

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    Why would there a travel limitation? Speed?
    I have a 13' HS, at the moment not caring about speed just want to be able to go out and fish later on id be interested in throwing a bigger motor.
     
  9. HaMm3r

    HaMm3r Well-Known Member

    Yes, speed is one factor. Also, if you can't get on plane, you'll be plowing all the time and it's going to get miserable and wet quick in even slightly rough water. That means you'll have to stay away from any big water bodies unless conditions are perfect. I had a highsider for years and I wouldn't even consider less than a 8hp.
     
  10. PG350

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    I had a 2006 Gheenoe 13ft and had both a 8hp and 15hp 2 stroke. The 8hp was ok but moved up to a 15hp and was very happy. Would go close to 30mph alone and in the 20's with someone else. I needed a Hydrofoil to stop the porpusing.