Hi this is my first post on this excellent site!
I am pretty much a novice and have just purchased my first SIB, a used honda honwave 3.5 with aluminium deck and I have a few questions for you experienced guys! (sorry!!)
1. the boat came with a 2006 Mercury 8hp 2 stroke which has only half a dozen hours on it and is like new, however I have also laid my hands on a late 90's mariner 25hp short shaft. The boat specs say that it is rated for upto 20hp and 55kg. I think this engine weighs less than 55kg, would this be ok?
2. my boys are nipping at me to get an inflatable donut/ringo to tow, firstly is it ok for a boat of this type to tow such a thing? secondly how?, the transom has 2 stainless eyes fitted but these are pointing inboard (shown in picture), can i just turn these outboard and use a bridle and tow rope?
3. If the 25hp mariner is suitable I want to get it serviced and checked out first, I have been quoted £97 for this by a local outboard dealer (not sure if i should name) Is this a fair price?
4. Finally, if I end up using the 25hp I am going to be selling the 8hp mercury. The above unnamed dealer has offered me £600 for it, again is this a fair price or is it worth more? where would be the place to advertise? ebay, b & o?
Cheers in advance!!