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Benny posted 06-01-2001 10:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for Benny   Send Email to Benny  
Im looking at a very clean 91 whaler with very little wear. It is powered by a 90 hp Evenrude. Hes asking 8K.

what do you think? Ive had lots of exerience with my brother's 88 Montock with a 90 hp Yamaha. Will the Evenrude hold up like that Yamaha.....? I also like the wood on the 88. Any major comparision differences?? thanks, Ben

Barry posted 06-01-2001 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
If you want it, buy it now. That's a very good price if the boat and engine are in good condition.
Benny posted 06-01-2001 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Benny  Send Email to Benny     
The only thing holding me back is the Evenrude. We have had such great luck with the Yamaha, its hard to go with something different? Any comments???
Dick posted 06-01-2001 11:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I am a long time Mercury owner, but have nothing bad to say about Johnson and Evinrude. Go for it, they are great motors.
whalernut posted 06-02-2001 02:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Thats an awsome price for a 91` `17 in very good condition. I have a 1975 85h.p. Johnson on my `16 Currituck and it still runs like a Raped Ape! Test run it, if it runs good go for it! Good luck-JACK Graner.
mickey posted 06-03-2001 08:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for mickey  Send Email to mickey     
Did you test drive the boat and if so how did the motor perform? If the motor is in good shape then there should not be a problem.
carlz posted 06-03-2001 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for carlz  Send Email to carlz     
Don't kid your self. Yamaha's can break, too. And they are more expensive and difficult to fix than domestic brands. The parts are expensive, rarely in dealer stock and Yamaha charges $35 extra to ship out next day resulting in either yet higher cost or interminable delays. And qualified, competent and honest mechanics are harder to come by. These are all factors that favor OMC and Merc.

For those with an appetite, here are the gory details of my summer at the mechanics. My 1986 90 Yamaha chewed up its main crank seal resulting in symptoms that looked like either bad electronics or or fuel starvation. Of course I didn't know that the seal was shot. After diagnosing it as a electronics problem and taking me down the garden path for nearly $800, the first mechanic I used discovered the real problem when the flywheel came off to replace the electronics. In the end it was over $1000 to repalce electronics and fix the seal, and he managed to botch that, too. I finally found a competent machanic and at $1500 I'm sound again. I like the motor, but don't expect it will never fail just because it is Japanese.

Toad2001 posted 06-04-2001 01:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Toad2001  Send Email to Toad2001     
I have never had a problem with a Johnson or Rude. I love them.
My only experience with a Yam was a 1985ish 50 hp 2 stroke (3cyl). It packed it in shortly after I bought it, and because it had been rebuilt once previously it was toast. That was long ago. The motor was only 7 years old or so when it became a parts donor.
PS-it was only used in fresh water.

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