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Old 09-15-2017, 08:39 AM   #1
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I have been looking at used engines for a few months now and the prices absolutely make zero sense.

This is what I am seeing locally. pair of 15 year old 2 strokes people are asking between $10-$12k a pair with zero warranty and they look like shit because no one takes care of their stuff anymore.

This is probably why I am going to just break down and buy new engines.
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Wonder if you contact someone who specializes in re-powers if you could get a better deal?

Down here in SE Florida, Outboard Specialties and International Marine (both on this forum) do Suzuki re-powers all day, every day.

Especially with the new Zuke 350s coming out, I bet they get some really decent, recent trade ins. Maybe try telling them what you're looking for and see if they will be willing to give you a call when they get something matching your needs in?

Just a thought.

Good luck.

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Wonder if you contact someone who specializes in re-powers if you could get a better deal?

Down here in SE Florida, Outboard Specialties and International Marine (both on this forum) do Suzuki re-powers all day, every day.

Especially with the new Zuke 350s coming out, I bet they get some really decent, recent trade ins. Maybe try telling them what you're looking for and see if they will be willing to give you a call when they get something matching your needs in?

Just a thought.

Good luck.

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That's actually a good idea.

I have been browsing craigslist ads in Florida and the prices down there seem very reasonable compared to here.

I may give those folks you mentioned a call.
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That's actually a good idea.

I have been browsing craigslist ads in Florida and the prices down there seem very reasonable compared to here.

I may give those folks you mentioned a call.
Here:

These guys did my boat (before I bought it, however).

https://www.internationalmarineservice.com/

And here are the other guys who do a ton as well:

http://www.fixboat.com/Default.asp

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I'll sell you a pair for 20K!! Comes with a boat even, a purty nice one
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Old 09-15-2017, 10:35 AM   #6
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I'll sell you a pair for 20K!! Comes with a boat even, a purty nice one
haha...what a deal!
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I wouldn't buy any used outboards in Florida for a while.
I went through the same thing, I bit the bullet and bought 2 new Suzuki 200s
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Give these guys a shout in your spare time, they do a bunch of repowers and always have a metric butt ton of motors on hand
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I wouldn't buy any used outboards in Florida for a while.
I went through the same thing, I bit the bullet and bought 2 new Suzuki 200s
Care to share why?
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Care to share why?
After a hurricane.there will a lot of motors for sale that were submerged.
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IMO some things just don't seem to make sense buying used.

Why would someone get rid of a great running outboard and spend a fortune on a new one?

Why would someone get rid of an autopilot that was working flawlessly and spend considerable money and time having a new one installed?

IMO they typically don't.


(Buying a used boat with all these things being bought as one is different and maybe a fantastic deal, on the other hand folks arbitrarily replacing expensive mechanical systems and then claiming that those systems were operating "flawlessly " always make me hesitate.)
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IMO some things just don't seem to make sense buying used,

Why would someone get rid of a great running outboard??

Why would someone get rid of an autopilot that was working flawlessly??

IMO they typically don't.


(Buying a used boat with all these things being bought as one is different and maybe a fantastic deal, on the other hand folks arbitrarily replacing expensive mechanical systems and then claiming that those systems were operating "flawlessly " always make me hesitate.)
Motors I can see, especially in Florida. There were guys with 250s that have to have 300s when they came out. Same guys will be selling their 300s when the 350s came out.
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I could be talked into selling a pair of 200 hp Optimax. 10 hours on a rebuilt power head and 250 hours on the other one. Injectors cleaned and replaced the bad ones- props tank, wiring. - Make an offer.
They run great- and only reason to sell is to get a pair of four strokes or a single 350 Zuke.
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IMO some things just don't seem to make sense buying used.

Why would someone get rid of a great running outboard and spend a fortune on a new one?

Why would someone get rid of an autopilot that was working flawlessly and spend considerable money and time having a new one installed?

IMO they typically don't.


(Buying a used boat with all these things being bought as one is different and maybe a fantastic deal, on the other hand folks arbitrarily replacing expensive mechanical systems and then claiming that those systems were operating "flawlessly " always make me hesitate.)
You are missing a big piece of info I left out.

I want to buy Direct Injected 2 strokes, it makes sense for people to repower 15 year old 2 strokes with new 4 strokes.
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I could be talked into selling a pair of 200 hp Optimax. 10 hours on a rebuilt power head and 250 hours on the other one. Injectors cleaned and replaced the bad ones- props tank, wiring. - Make an offer.
They run great- and only reason to sell is to get a pair of four strokes or a single 350 Zuke.
Thanks, but the engines are going to be way too heavy for my boat. I am already pushing it with small blocks 2 strokes.
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You are missing a big piece of info I left out.

I want to buy Direct Injected 2 strokes, it makes sense for people to repower 15 year old 2 strokes with new 4 strokes.
This is the situation that I am in. I want to go to 4 strokes for the increased fuel economy. With merc 150's I will be able to make it to the floaters with no additional fuel.

My engines are running great, yet I still plan to repower this winter.
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One option is to buy motors from a sponsored guide; they repower annually (or so); the motors tend to be high hours, but generally have been properly maintained.
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I see 12-20 years 2 strokes going for $3 to 5k each, that's all they are worth, there are 2010/11 300 Verados here going for $6 to 8k.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/parts-fo...225xl-efi.html


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One option is to buy motors from a sponsored guide; they repower annually (or so); the motors tend to be high hours, but generally have been properly maintained.
I think another big issue i have is that I need 150s, The only thing rarer than twin 150s are twin 115s.
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I see 12-20 years 2 strokes going for $3 to 5k each, that's all they are worth, there are 2010/11 300 Verados here going for $6 to 8k.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/parts-fo...225xl-efi.html


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Florida?

I have 3-4 2000-2002 carbed yamahas near me right now all asking $5000 or better.
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