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DavidM posted 03-09-2011 07:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for DavidM   Send Email to DavidM  
I'm looking at two 21 Conquests [with a notion of perhaps buying one of them], a [1998] and a [1999], and both have Mercury 200 EFI [outboard engines], [history of use in] saltwater, [and have] bottom paint. Other than the normal used boat [worries or concerns or problems] are there any particular [worries or concerns or problems] with these model Conquests or Mercury [outboard motors] I should look out for? [Give an estimate of the selling] price range [with and without an accompanying boat] trailer[.] [Information] would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
littleblue posted 03-09-2011 07:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
I couldn't tell you about the Conquests, but I do have a 98 Merc 200 EFI. Haven't heard any real bad things on this motor, supposedly as "bulletproof' as they come.

I've had it now for about a year and so far so good. Very smoky when cold starting but otherwise she runs well and is very strong.

tom976 posted 03-10-2011 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for tom976  Send Email to tom976     
Both years are generally fine. The differences with the boat were minor if any. What I would look for carefully is stress cracks, nicks, and scrapes on the hull. Look on the deck carefully for them too. [One] never knows when the previous owner had a party of elephants jumping up and down on the deck. Things of value. Look for a hard top if it comes with one; [look to see] if the electronics were ever replaced. [Look for] trim tabs. [Look at the] condition of the cushions. You'll know quickly if they even tried to take care of things. Can't expect the world with a roughly 12-year-old boat. Receipts have some value, too.
Conquest21 posted 03-10-2011 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Conquest21  Send Email to Conquest21     
I love my [1998] Conquest. I can't say anything about the [Mercury engines because] mine has a Johnson 225. A few things I've noticed [with] the boat: I wish I got a hardtop. You may have seen my recent post on this. Trim tabs are extremely helpful, but make sure they work. I currently have a weird problem: [the fuel tank] doesn't want to accept gas through the filler hole. Yes, the vents are cleared out. Not sure why it does that or if it's common on this boat--possibly a kinked fuel line or something and it takes forever to fill. Check out the port stern seat which can be removed, and the swing door--mine is loose and has some cracks around the fasteners [and] hinges. Also open the cabin portholes, two side, and access hatch, and look at the gaskets and locks--mine are coming apart and one of the locks just fell off. Make sure the bait well pump works under port seat. Pull out the cushions and look at the storage areas and the fasteners. They get really loose and look for cracks around them.

[The cost of] mine was a little under [$20,000 with] the trailer. Guide posts on the trailer have proven to be very helpful when loading, especially by yourself. That's all I can think of off the top of my head.

jimh posted 03-10-2011 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
A Mercury 200 EFI outboard motor from c.1998 is a high-emission motor, so you will need to consider the impact of running this motor on the environment. I believe the Mercury 200 EFI c.1998 is built on the Mercury V6 block with 2.5-liter displacement. It is a good motor, except that it is of a rather old design, which means its fuel economy at idle speeds will be poor, its emission of controlled combustion products will be excessive, and it will lack the modern outboard motor features of current day engines like a digital engine network interface, digital instrumentation, and sophisticated computer control. The Mercury 2.5-liter engine is a very good fundamental design, and it should be a good motor, if you can live with its c.1980 mechanical and electrical technology in the present day and age.

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