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Old 01 March 2019, 04:06   #11
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Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
Yeah, exactly ;-)
There is a number of these on Ebay, but each of them has one of the aspects missing. Either with side gear, or on remotes, or slight rust on the head, or replacement hood, or ...

Thinking about it, I can probably live with side-gear (at least I won't have a problem revving it in neutral), but mint condition is a must - these are over 10 years old, so if it's not mint then it will be a bag of troubles.

Spring is starting, so it better shows up quick!
Go for tiller gear - a joy to use.

Revving in neutral is not an issue IME, you have a control on the front to raise revs to an extent and and you can always pop the hood to manually rev higher if needed.

Don't expect a heap of trouble - most of them are super reliable and you cannot always judge a book by it's cover - a spotless cover, leg, skeg etc is desirable but most leisure use ones can still be expected to be in lovely working order underneath and should be reliable for decades to come if maintained.

Only issues I've had are the (brilliant) tilt trim mech needed the rod straightening and second the plunger under the choke control can get salt build up and get sticky but both easily resolved.

As always though give anything you buy a full, long test before buying.
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Old 01 March 2019, 04:41   #12
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Re not being able to rev in neutral it was the main downside for me of the combined throttle and gearshift. Over my ownership of three of these OB types there were several occasions I wanted to do that... and without taking the hood off. I have this gears on throttle arrangement on my Mariner 10hp but like all such models of the past ten years it has the linkage disengagement button to enable free revving.

So if I was offered one where it had been properly converted to gears on the side with OE parts I’d actually quite like it. But if buying one unmolested I’d not be that bothered to change it myself.

Otherwise as Max says these are great reliable outboards... I also very much like the Yamaha 15 2-stroke of the same era.

In truth absolutely nothing wrong with a clean Evinrude like Whiskylee’s above... just not quite as fashionable image.
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