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Old 07 January 2015, 15:38   #1
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Where to buy a used motor in SFBay

Any recommendation for a place to buy a used 20~40hp motor? Can I get a good reliable one for $1000 or so?

I live in Mountain View. Any good place on the south bay?

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Old 07 January 2015, 21:18   #2
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2 or 4 stroke? Craigslist is always a good source. Did you find a hull yet?
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Old 07 January 2015, 21:38   #3
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I prefer 2 stroke for weight, but maybe 4 stroke ones are newer and less of a chance to die on me. I really don't know anything about outboard motors. Are they easy to maintain/fix by yourself?

There are a couple of hulls with trailers on craigslist that I plan to look at, maybe next week.

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Newer 4-strokes are pretty straightforward maintenance-wise. Oil change (motor and leg), plugs, and fuel filter; pretty much it. Maybe the anodes and impeller every couple of years (or very year if you're anal.)

Only difference between those and 2 strokes is the engine oil.

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I own a two stroke, but wish it was a 4 stroke. Seeing a sheen of oil float away from your boat is not a feel good moment. Plus they stink and are louder. 4 strokes you can't even tell they are running at idle.

Unfortunately your budget of $1,000 isn't going to get you much of a motor. Especially since the Searider takes a decent amount of power. The Searider will make a good Bay boat, and the one I would get out of those two. It has been for sale for months now so a lower but reasonable offer with cash in hand should be able to grab it.

Since the Searider is in my area, and if you wanted someone along with you, I could possibly take a look at it with you.
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Peter, thanks for the offer. I am still not sure what I should buy yet, so maybe I will wait til after the SF Boat Show before going. I will take up your offer to go together :-) Again, thanks a lot!
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you can't go wrong with the searider. You'll see the are plenty of them on here, excellent first boat. Very tough.

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Hello ba-fisher, The Searider on Craigslist is my boat. Long time lurker on this forum with a few posts over the years. Had it for several years now, but have not used it in about 4 years after the motor was stolen. Since then it has been sitting in a garage.

Before that, we used it for abalone diving off the Humboldt coast and before that diving in Moro Bay and the Channel Islands.

I live in the East Bay, but the boat is up at my buddies in the Santa Rosa area. If we can work something out, I can tow it back down to the bay area.

I am going to begin lowering the price once summer rolls around, until it sells. Started the listing in winter which is not the ideal time to sell a boat. Otherwise I am open to trades for any type of machinist tools, mills, CNC of any type, etc... If you want to know anymore about the boat just let me know.
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Hello ba-fisher, The Searider on Craigslist is my boat. Long time lurker on this forum with a few posts over the years. Had it for several years now, but have not used it in about 4 years after the motor was stolen. Since then it has been sitting in a garage.

Before that, we used it for abalone diving off the Humboldt coast and before that diving in Moro Bay and the Channel Islands.

I live in the East Bay, but the boat is up at my buddies in the Santa Rosa area. If we can work something out, I can tow it back down to the bay area.

I am going to begin lowering the price once summer rolls around, until it sells. Started the listing in winter which is not the ideal time to sell a boat. Otherwise I am open to trades for any type of machinist tools, mills, CNC of any type, etc... If you want to know anymore about the boat just let me know.
If I only had a larger tow vehicle I would work something out in a heartbeat! The SR4 is a perfect little SF bay boat.
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If I only had a larger tow vehicle I would work something out in a heartbeat! The SR4 is a perfect little SF bay boat.
Just curious, Do you have a SmartForTwo? :-)

I heard that in the UK people tow RIBS on very small cars. It's only in the US where towing anything would require a Ford F150.
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