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|Author||Topic: Worth Repowerin|
posted 07-28-2001 03:30 AM ET (US)
I had an interesting conversation with a guy at one of the local outboard shops today. I am debating rebuilding my 1981 90hb Evinrude versus buying a new motor. In the long run, the new motor seems like a better idea. The owner of the local outboard shop told me my 1981 Newport was not worth repowering, since it was so old, and I could probably pick up a nice used boat and motor combo for less than the price of a new motor.
I tried to explain that I like my boat, want to fix it up, and put some effort into restoring it, and he just did not get it. Bottom line is, I will be going elsewhere for my motor.
posted 07-28-2001 03:31 AM ET (US)
I mean "repowering".
posted 07-28-2001 07:28 AM ET (US)
RobDimel, it is not worth repowering. By the way how much do you want for the hull? Just kidding. I went thru the same delima not long ago. You won't get your money back if you decide to sell it in a few years. However, if you are going to keep it and run the hours off of it, go for it. It would also depend on how you use it. Lake or bay use close to land I would consider a rebuild. It also depends on your budget. When I looked around the rebuild was about 1/4. I plan to keep mine for quite a while so I repowered. Just my .02.
posted 07-28-2001 07:35 AM ET (US)
A 1981 Newport in good shape is, in my opinion, well worth repowering! Beam me up! Clark... The Old Man and the Sea
posted 07-28-2001 02:51 PM ET (US)
The concept of "worth" is interesting, eh? I live in Maine, and as you can guess, we have a pretty short boating season. There is no way that one could justify owning a boat using economics as a criteria. The "worth" occurs on one of those soft summer nights in Casco Bay...one really great sunset is "worth" it. Repower that Newport! You'll be stylin'!
posted 07-30-2001 03:31 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the input. I use the boat both in saltwater and freshwater. I run to Catalina Island with it, and have never thought twice about it as far as the hull goes. The moter is another story. It is obviously the weak link in the equation. I am still undecided, but leaning toward the re-power. I probably won't sell the boat. My wife made me sell my old truck, and that was traumatic enough. She hates seeing me cry. ;)
posted 07-30-2001 08:46 AM ET (US)
Unless it's been through a macerator ain't any Whaler worth repowerin'? I mean we ain't talkin' about a Yugo here are we?
Repower and enjoy. If you need to think about resale remember a good Whaler with good power will always find a home.
Feel free to qoute ol Harpoon Harry on the matter: "Repower to the People."
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