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steve48 posted 04-02-2008 01:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for steve48   Send Email to steve48  
Anyone have any expierience shipping a motor long distance? I am looking to power my 17 and am having no luck finding one locally.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
jeffs22outrage posted 04-02-2008 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     

I have a friend who has a brand new 2005 Merc 90 with zero on the motor for sale in the Maryland / Delaware area for $4500. Bought the motor for a whaler he restored. He sold the boat after it was done however, the buyer wanted the hull without power so the motor was never rigged. If you are in NJ you would not have to worry about shipping as it pretty close. He also heads to Long Island every now and again so you may be able to work something out.

Here is his craigslist ad. His contact info is in the ad:

JohnJerk posted 04-02-2008 02:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJerk  Send Email to JohnJerk     
Motors are mailed all the time, but you need the original shipping crate and have to drain all oils. I have recieved two used motors that way. The crates are metal and the motor attaches much like it does to boat transom. If the seller doesn't have one, which is likely the case, you could have them get one from any dealer I would think. Once you have that, it would be the cost of freight ($200-$400). Not so simple really.
Stevebaz posted 04-02-2008 02:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Stevebaz  Send Email to Stevebaz     
My experience for what it is worth, a month ago I bought an outboard from
I had it shipped from them in Florida to California and it cost me $250.00 to have it shipped. they crated it and shipped it in its box on a carpet pad. it was to my door in less than a week. I cant vouch for what they sold me as i haven't mounted it yet and test run the boat but i can say they are very good to work with and the tranasaction went very smoothly. What is in the crate is exactly what they advertised with no hidden crap. I know I paid a premium on the motor and the cost of shipping didn't help but the attitude I got from the local dealers when I didn't want a new motor and I wanted a used motor out the door without installation was apalling. They can't sell new motors and want to make it up with used installations but not on my back wallet. of the few people that would even talk to me they wanted $600.00 + parts to hang a used outboard on a 13 foot whaler. None of their motors had controls, wiring or cabling so it just wasn't in my cards. I found it much easier to have a complete assembly shipped in to me. I know and hear of all the great used deals people get but they know someone or have a working relationship with people in the buisness. It is getting tough to get short shaft motors in the 30-40 hp range.
I will tell you I was very scared of being ripped off throughout this whole ordeal and in the end it turned out OK. I finally just had to throw caution to the wind and if if fails its just money and the boat sits for another year.
All I can say the odds are better than Vegas.

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