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Old 01-18-2013, 02:51 PM
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a year ago tomorrow (jan 19th) i bought my first boat, a 14foot jon boat with a 20hp merc. i feel that i have kinda outgrown it and i wanted something bigger so yesterday i picked up my second boat, a 97 bass tracker pro-team 17 with the 40hp mercury for $3,000. it has sat for 2 1/2 years so im going through the engine before attempting to start it. i know it was a gamble buying it without starting it but i bought it from an old man who has retired from fishing so im sure it will be fine. the engine is really clean and looks brand new. same with the rest of the boat, it has been very well taken care of and i couldnt pass up that kind of deal.

im going through the engine and right now im replacing the impeller.ill also be buying a book. where can i get some more info on this engine/boat? the serial number is 0g544705. any info is appreciated, thanks
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:56 PM
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Congratulations, nice looking boat! Sorry I don't have any information for you but someone will. Again, nice boat!
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:02 PM
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congratulations man! Enjoy it.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:49 PM
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Order a selec manual and you will have all the info you should need about the engine
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:03 PM
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i believe this is the right book for that motor? i know its kinda hard to tell from the picture, ill take some better ones if needed. its a 40hp 4cyl 2-stroke mercury tracker.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:36 PM
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Gratz man! Those little boats are a lot of fun. Enjoy it!
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:42 PM
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Started it up today. Didn't take much at all and it runs great. The old gas smelled fine so I ran the motor on it for about 5 minutes with no issues. I'm still waiting on a new impeller but the old one looked to be in really good shape so I left it in just to start it. Had lots of water coming out of the pee hole but ill still change it out. I'm getting excited to get this thing on the water
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:46 AM
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Nice to see that there are normal people on this site as well, nice boat have fun with it!
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:54 AM
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for the engine I would start with calling Mercury Customer Service @ 920-929-5040, have the Serial Number handy, and tell the operator what you are looking for. As far as the boat goes, Maybe start with calling Bass Pro as they sell MANY tracker boats, the should be able to tell you anything you need to know. Hope this helps in any way.
on a side note..... NICE RIG!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:05 AM
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Boat looks great.. Headed back to the simple joys of fresh water fishing myself and one of the most fun boats I've ever had was a stick steer 15 foot panther with a 60 on the back and my Bass Boats.
You'll have fun with that and after getting the motor right, you can enjoy a great day on the water without it costing a lot ..
on moving on up..
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:22 AM
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if the gas is 2 years old i would still change that out to fresh gas. and oil. maybe a carb cleaner or seafoam treatment so some old varnish or trash doesnt hang up a carb float or ring on your first trip.
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Running 2 1/2 year old gasoline is a terrible plan.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:13 PM
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Yeah I just wanted to see if it would start. It's gone now. I'll have to work with the oil cap though. It is either cross-threaded (like the fuel cap) or just on there really tight. It's raining right now and I have it tarped to keep it looking new so I'll see if the rain lets up tomorrow. Any tips for storing it outdoors? Our summers here are very brutal and usually rot tarps in 1 summer. I bought a cheap but heavy duty tarp for $15 instead of dropping $300 on a custom fit cover lol
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Yeah I just wanted to see if it would start. It's gone now. I'll have to work with the oil cap though. It is either cross-threaded (like the fuel cap) or just on there really tight. It's raining right now and I have it tarped to keep it looking new so I'll see if the rain lets up tomorrow. Any tips for storing it outdoors? Our summers here are very brutal and usually rot tarps in 1 summer. I bought a cheap but heavy duty tarp for $15 instead of dropping $300 on a custom fit cover lol
Yep,, get on Craigs list and see if you can find a used car shelter or spend 700 and end the problem. Nothing last outside that will look good long. Not even us.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:28 PM
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Have fun with her.... Looks cool
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:56 AM
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Lol well the tarp was only $15 so if I can make it last a year that's not too bad
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I had the same issues with tarps, be lucky to get a year out of them. Didn't want to shell out the money to have a nice cover made so i went on ebay and for around $50 shipped, purchased a billboard tarp.

It has graphics on it but i just turned it over. So far it has lasted two years sitting in florida sun and doesnt have any signs of wear. Best part is with the length of it i have a second tarp ready to go.
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Custom made Sumbrella material cover for BASSTRACKER Pro 165. made December 2011. Has three support poles, reinforcement areas, trolling motor, wind screen, fish finder, at pole support areas. Has motor cover built in. Has draw string cord around bottom edge of cover as well as grommets and hold down cords to attach to trailer frame. Used one year, mostly kept boat inside of garage.
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Originally Posted by FlatsFisher2114 View Post
I had the same issues with tarps, be lucky to get a year out of them. Didn't want to shell out the money to have a nice cover made so i went on ebay and for around $50 shipped, purchased a billboard tarp.

It has graphics on it but i just turned it over. So far it has lasted two years sitting in florida sun and doesnt have any signs of wear. Best part is with the length of it i have a second tarp ready to go.
i may do that for my next tarp. i looked them up and they are really cheap.


took the tracker out for the first time today. everything went perfect. everything on the boat works except the speedo, fuel gauge, and sometimes the tacometer drops to 0 but by the end of the trip it seemed to work fine. everything on the boat works great, just like it never sat for those 2.5 years. im very happy with it. im hoping to get some good quality time with my dad out of it. we both work opposite schedules but i think we'll be making some fishing trips now. i was suprised at how quick the boat is with the 40hp. the thing that shocked me the most though is how quiet it is. waaaay quieter than the motor on my other boat (1975 mercury 200 20hp tiller). im very happy with this boat and i think ill be hanging on to it for a long time
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