To Buy or Not Buy - 20HP Mercury 1979
1st post! , So hi everybody ;>) ... Been reading for a while, a member for a short while.. but little to post as I've yet to afford my own boat!
I have been looking for an inflatable + outboard package since start of the year! Missed the good buys and due to budget will have to wait and hope for a summer user selling kit this winter.
Ideal buy would be a 3.1 - 4m inflatable (airdeck) + 15HP. Good buys sometimes crop up around £1200 - £1500. (and typical my budget is £1000 max for outboard+boat!).
However finding there are a few boats out there minus outboard which people struggle to sell.
SO... started looking for outboards and by chance have been offered one locally - Never used 20HP Mercury. - Started in a tank 2 yrs after purchase to service but never got put in the water due to circumstances.
HOWEVER! .. This was in 1981! The outboard was purchased in 1979. It has been sat still since the service.
We havn't started talking money yet, but the seller is well aware they are selling an unused outboard. However its 30yrs old!! What sort of money is it worth?
I would of course want to see the outboard run and see it was pumping water, but obviously being put off by the age of the outboard and the fact that it has been standing. Also concerned if spare parts would be available, and if a 20HP from 1979 has the same power compared to more recent outboards?
Any comments please? Thanks.