Well as ive stated before, im no mechanic! But, i did notice the gasket and mismatched bolts when i purchased the boat. The motor just ran flawlessly on the test ride (and still does) so i went against my gut bc of the deal i got on the boat. So im hoping that ive caught the problem in time, will make the repairs and be a okay here in a few weeks. I do appreciate all the knowledge, never hurts to listen!