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Old 01-14-2021, 12:48 PM
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I read a lot of posts from guys asking how soft and dry the ride is on brand X model Y and what make, model & configuration from motor company Z will get the best fuel burn & range. All the important stuff we all want to know when we're looking for that next upgrade. What I want to know about is the opposite of all that good stuff, tell me about what make, year, the model boat you have or had experience with that would ride wet enough to drown you and set off your automatic PFD, rattle your bones so hard that the boat should have been sold with a number of pre-paid chiropractor visits to be used after each time the boat was taken out and which make & models motors that were nothing but issues. Tell me about the engines that were constant troubles and nightmare to live with like the ones that drank every liter of fuel in its tank while you could still the dock you left from. I want to know about the boats you wished would have sunk, burned, or had a tornado drop out of the sky on. Share your pain with us so the rest of us might have a better idea of what we should avoid the next time we're making change.
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You could probably do a search and dig up 40 other threads on the same thing with the same information and the same results but I've never commented on them so here you go. Worst boat I've ever had was this blow up inflatable dinghy that I bought at Dollar General for the kids to take to the beach. Damn thing wouldn't hold air and folded up like laundry the minute you tried to get in it.
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I believe this is a click generator thread........
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First post...done in blue...hmmmm.
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When I was a kid we would whittle a small pice of 2x4 into the shape of a boat tie our fishing line to it then drag it back and forth next to the dock.

I would say that is my worst boat.
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Why such a negative first thread?
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Hands down, 1970s era Mercury 7.5.
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I read a lot of posts from guys asking how soft and dry the ride is on brand X model Y and what make, model & configuration from motor company Z will get the best fuel burn & range. All the important stuff we all want to know when we're looking for that next upgrade. What I want to know about is the opposite of all that good stuff, tell me about what make, year, the model boat you have or had experience with that would ride wet enough to drown you and set off your automatic PFD, rattle your bones so hard that the boat should have been sold with a number of pre-paid chiropractor visits to be used after each time the boat was taken out and which make & models motors that were nothing but issues. Tell me about the engines that were constant troubles and nightmare to live with like the ones that drank every liter of fuel in its tank while you could still the dock you left from. I want to know about the boats you wished would have sunk, burned, or had a tornado drop out of the sky on. Share your pain with us so the rest of us might have a better idea of what we should avoid the next time we're making change.
You'll get used to it, just keep plugin along here on THT. There are so many experts here on everything they turn up their noses first thing before even welcoming you to THT. The blue is hard to read though. My worst boat was when I was around 19 I bought a 16 foot Starcraft aluminum boat which was fine but it had an old 100 horse Merc on it. On the maiden voyage we couldn't start the boat, (my brothers were with me). We took it to a shop in that town and the owner was there even though it was closed because it was Sunday. The guy gave us a toothless grin and said there's a secret to starting these old engines. He proceeded to squeeze the bulb until gas came out all over the motor and on the ground. He then told us to hit it and the damn thing started right up. Took it back to the marina....really excited now and started that thing headed out onto the river. Well that aluminum boat with a 100 horse was a fast boat I tell you and at WOT only the lower unit was in the water. We skied on our butts, beer cooler lid and other skis that came with the boat until it blew! Flames shot up off the motor and I grabbed both fire extinguishers. Trouble is they were both out of retardant and only just dripped foam. We then all three dove overboard as the flames kept growing we swam to the back of the boat and splashed water for several minutes until it finally went out. Got back in the boat and started paddling to shore with the one oar that came with the boat. Turned out that motor had blown 3 plugs, (It was a 6 banger) and all the plugs had blown before because they had hellicoils in them. Anyway, next boat was a Thompson 19 foot with 115 horse Evinrude which ran great for the years I had it with never a problem. I hated Mercs after that but now I love them the best.
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I love all my boats some more than others.
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Didn't have a Issue with the Boat it's self 1987 Ashcraft 14 foot Center Console (Localy Built No frills) The Motor was the worst marine product I ever owned 1987 Evinrude 30 Horse Both Boat/Motor Purchased New,I think it was Evinrudes 1st attempt @ Oil Injection Oil Tank was incorperated into the Metal 6 gallon Fuel Tank may have been called Acumix? Oil ran out of oil tank into gas causing extreme amounts of smoke & plug fouling after having this repaired multiple times they gave up & told Me to Premix,Ist Trip Out had to paddle back short in control's blew fuse,went through 3 Fuel Pumps in 1.5 years & was going again when I called it quits & traded Motor in on a New Mercury 40 Horse That was Great,This soured Me for Life on Evinrudes
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Dads boat , well motor , 1960,61 west bend 80 hp , ran great when it started, which wasn’t all the time. Next was a 7.5 Scott Atwater couldn’t keep it running either
all others, 30 or so were all fair to excellent, all of my 10 boats 13 engines have been fair to excellent. A 5.7 Volvo AQ271 gave lots of trouble , all my mercs have been excellent
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175 Mercury Blackmax hands down. When it ran, it ran like a bat out of hell but spent most of the time in the shop.
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Worst boat - 1960 something MFG, the boat was so soft that the starboard stringer broke through the bottom of the hull. Boat almost sank the second time I used it. It was my first boat I ever bought only had it for less than 2 weeks. learned an invaluable lesson.
But that lesson was not strong enough to teach me about the worst motor/motors I have ever owned- with out a doubt a pair of 2008 Yamaha F 350s. research my threads on them an you will understand why I have such vial resentment for these pig motors.
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My 1st was underpowered (was repowered with a 40 and originally had a 65) and had no livewell. Two mistakes I learned I'd never make again.
My 2nd was fine, but had a garbage trailer that left me on the side of the road twice. Buying a brand new trailer was worth every penny.
Worst motor, hands down, was my father's Ficht years ago. 2 computers in 2 years, followed by a cracked block shortly after the 2nd.
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Originally Posted by Reel Screamer View Post
175 Mercury Blackmax hands down. When it ran, it ran like a bat out of hell but spent most of the time in the shop.
what year ? I had a ‘78 black max, ran great entire 7 yrs I owned it
bought it used in 1980 for $1800 👍
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Ironically, the best boat I ever owned also had the worst engines of all man kind. 1985 37 Midnight Express, beast of a boat would run through anything. Problem was it was powered by three 275 V8 Evinrudes. We blew up 7 power heads in one year. We had a fourth engine that we used just for swap outs. I would love that boat back powered by three 425 yamahas.
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gen 1 Ficht 200
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pair of Johnson 225 Ocean Runners. Literally had engineers from OMC Headquarters in Waukegan Harbor come to my boat to try and fix them. They replaced a lot of parts, but a couple weeks later they wouldn't get out of limp mode.
One of the few boats that I sold for less than I purchased....
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2001 Johnson’s . Last products by omc before the collapse.

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