Mercury 115hp 25" shaft
So i have an engine: 115hp 2005
Its on a friends boat, and with a bit of effort on my part - i have the opportunity to actually pay nothing for the engine:
Two problems with this is, firstly, it was a 25" shaft which is too long for my little 18' Rib is it not???
Secondly i have had the engine looked at by a mechanic and they got it running - but told me it had 1300 hrs on it!
The engine looks in great condition visually, 2 of 3 cylinders are good, one had low compression - but was told this could be where the engine has sat used for a few years.
So i'm not sure what to do here, i don't want to spend out getting it fitted to my boat, if its both impractical and knackeredů but it's free.
Also i have looked into reducing the shaft as there is a spacer that could be removed but i've been told different versions of what needs to be done -
the power head might need removing for install/it would be better to change the entire lower end/ etc etc.
Opinions and advice appreciated!