Originally Posted by OLDSR4
- the engine is up for around £400
That is about $800 CDN, and around here you can find plenty older (20 yrs or so) 50hp outboards for that price, but chances are overwhelming that it will be a piece of junk.
Sometimes it's better to wait a little longer to build up the budget to buy a used outboard from a reputable dealer, or someone you personally know who has properly maintained one, rather than taking your chances and spending less on something that you might discover is worthless (and inturn, have to start saving up from scratch again).
Trust me on this one. - Been there, done that (and getting caught with a dead outboard during a sudden a snow storm shortly before dusk while 30 miles upriver from the vehicle landing and 4 miles across the river from where you've got your camp site set up is less fun than it might sound).