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#10925584 - 06/18/15 10:58 AM Advice - Used Outboards 10hp & under
Searsay Offline
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Registered: 07/26/12
Posts: 156
Loc: Lewisville TX
So - i own a porta-bote (over sized row boat/jon boat), only moved down to Texas a few years ago and have been using a trolling motor to date to get it around. I'm starting to look into picking up a used outboard for it and am looking for any advice that you guys might have as I enjoy the community here in other forum sections (I'm heavily active in Kayak fishing section). I've read through the TX guidelines for motor registration which has made me a bit cautious of looking at used motors as most of them seem to be missing titles (at least via craigslist & ebay)... and don't know how TX handles replacement titles if the motor doesn't meet current emission/safety requirements. I don't seem to see a lot of used ones available via stores (but i could just be looking in all the wrong places).

I refuse to believe that there are so few used motors out there so am looking for pointers on where to look as well as any advice people feel like giving beyond that.

I am located in the DFW area (Lewisville)

Primary use will be inshore/freshwater fishing
Looking for short-shaft 2.5-10HP motor 55lbs or under weight wise

Questions:
-External vs. Internal gas tanks?... for those with internal on jon-boats... any suggestions on refill practices when on the water? I'm leaning external but won't discount the internals yet. smile
-Experiences with getting titled on a non-titled motor? If it is older/2stroke? (couldn't quite make out how they handle non-titled motors that don't meet current requirements)
-Good locations in DFW area for used motors?
-General recommendations or cautions specific to used outboard motors (i'm reasonably handy around motors having rebuilt & repaired various different varieties over the years... but it isn't a hobby of mine and i haven't worked on outboards specifically).

Thanks in advance to those of you who take the time to respond!

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#10925772 - 06/18/15 11:58 AM Re: Advice - Used Outboards 10hp & under [Re: Searsay]
opus Online   content
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Registered: 07/15/07
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Loc: West Tx no. of waco
Ive never been asked for a title on motor by GW
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#10925825 - 06/18/15 12:17 PM Re: Advice - Used Outboards 10hp & under [Re: opus]
Stump jumper Offline
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Registered: 04/19/04
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Loc: Rockwall
Originally Posted By: opus
Ive never been asked for a title on motor by GW
+1, I use to run a little 6 HP Johnson while duck hunting. It was a 1976 model so no title. Game wardens never asked about it or even my jon boat for that matter. I sold it a few years back so I have not kept up with the rules. I hated to sell it but it was just collecting dust in the shed. I have run several different models of little motors and that Johnson was absolutely the best. The title laws use to be anything over xx HP. I would just call TPWD.

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#10925850 - 06/18/15 12:29 PM Re: Advice - Used Outboards 10hp & under [Re: Searsay]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 01/25/05
Posts: 6169
Loc: texas
I have a 15 hp on my johnboat. it doesn't have a title I was young and dumb and the guy said he had the title and I drove over an hour to get it from him and should have just gone home but didn't.

I have never been asked to show the title or proof of ownership for it. On the other hand now that it is more widely known about the title the resale value of the motor is probably shot.

I doubt you will find much of anything under 55 lbs.

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#10925887 - 06/18/15 12:47 PM Re: Advice - Used Outboards 10hp & under [Re: Searsay]
Searsay Offline
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Registered: 07/26/12
Posts: 156
Loc: Lewisville TX
Yea one of the reasons i'm asking the questions outside of just getting advice on the engines and where to find them - from the TPWD site -
Quote:
Effective January 1, 1994, all motorboats and all outboard motors must be titled.....All internal combustion (gasoline/diesel/propane powered) outboard motors must be titled.


They do provide ways to get untitled motors titled but i'm wondering how annoying/difficult/costly the process is (even if it is not enforced often... i'd hate to land a stupid ticket for not taking the time to do it).

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#10926596 - 06/18/15 05:13 PM Re: Advice - Used Outboards 10hp & under [Re: Searsay]
opus Online   content
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Registered: 07/15/07
Posts: 6791
Loc: West Tx no. of waco
Ill put it this way no title wouldn't stop me from buyin a good deal on a motor actually gives ya a little leverage workin a deal, only problem too good of a deal probly means stolen you can run serial numbers on TP&W website
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#10927418 - 06/19/15 01:24 AM Re: Advice - Used Outboards 10hp & under [Re: opus]
Tony from Oak Point Offline
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Registered: 01/23/05
Posts: 2121
Loc: DFW, Texas
Sorry not exactly an answer to your question but just throwing it out there, two cheap "new" possibilities.

Years ago I noticed these "generic" motors on Ebay but the lack of reviews scared me. However I see they are sold on Amazon now and they are fairly well received.

http://www.amazon.com/Generic-Superior-O...D3WR7SQ04XPEQM7

Had a buddy get a longtail kit and put it on a cheap harbor freight motor and get it registered as a new outboard motor with no headaches. This would be a good option if you are in very shallow muddy water a lot.
http://www.amazon.com/EASY-Longtail-Mud-...long+tail+motor

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