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Old 09 July 2007, 12:21   #11
Country: USA
Town: Marblehead, MA
Boat name: Bouncy Pumpkin
Make: Avon Searider 5.4
Length: 5m +
Engine: Evinrude 90 E-TEC
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OTOH, saving money is a good thing. I bought a 1981 fresh water 80 hp Merc on eBay for $800 USD 3 years ago. Got me through a couple of seasons, and I just sold it again on eBay, not quite running (disclosed spark problem!) for $530 USD. So it cost me $270 in depreciation for 3 years, plus some maintenance and repairs, maybe another $300-$400. All in all, I think I made out okay, though I'm MUCH happier with my shiny new ETEC, which only hurt for a few minutes when I wrote the checks! The ETEC has certainly cost me more in depreciation in 6 months than the old Merc did in 3 years! Uses > 1/2 the fuel, but will take a long time in fuel costs to recoup the cost of the motor!

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Old 11 July 2007, 07:51   #12
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: clyde
Boat name: searider
Make: avon
Length: 4m +
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Cheers for the help guys! As suspected the so called late 80s 50hp evinrude turned out to be a right pile of junk! It had a sticker on the inside which said 1975 on it and its general appearence was shocking - hammerited from head to toe including the prop!lol...The guy who was trying to sell it said he had paid 650 for it on ebay a year ago and it turns out he has never had it running since.

Anyway on a better note I managed to get hold of a 40hp yamaha engine yesterday - probably equally as old as I think its either late 70,s or early 80,s but iam not sure - maybe someone could tell me how to date an old yamaha engine?

As I said previously I know very little about engines but this one seems to be in good condition considering its age. I had it running for about a half hour in a bucket and went in and out of gear ok and seemed to idle fine and pumped plenty of water. No doubt I'll find out more what the condition is like on the first trip - just need to try and sort out some sort of steering system for it and its up and away I go out for the first time on a rib:-)

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Old 11 July 2007, 10:39   #13
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Town: The wilds of Wiltshire
Boat name: WhiteNoise/Dominator
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You won't get much better than those yam 40s. Nice one.
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Old 11 July 2007, 23:52   #14
Country: Canada
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Make: Gemini
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Sounds like a great find. Congratulations!

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