I took it out this evening and was running for a few miles ~3 and the motor started to sound mechanical then died. We threw the anchor let her cool down and pretty muched turned back home. Had running problems the whole time really. Not sure at the time what was wrong we assumed it could be poor fuel. Well my hunch told me otherwise and tonight I took the powerhead and exhaust manifold off and peaked into the cylinders and they were scored really really badly.
I then looked at the oil pump lines and I could not believe, the oil line coming from from the pump was dry
. Well I guess somehow I introduced air into the pump a day ago when I was messing with the fuel lines. I know the motor will still run but its damaged for sure especially the top piston. In any case I am no longer going to take this boat out to the islands. Can't trust it. On the bright side
I talked to a chap selling a 4 m searider and a 2000 50 hp 2 strkTohatsu, center console. He wants $5000 USD for it, is that a good price? Any opinions and suggestions for things to look for? I will be looking into that one this weekend. I might post back with a new acquisition.