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#11013721 - 08/01/15 12:33 PM Looking for used outboard - why is it so hard to find?
Pickandgrin13 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 08/01/15
Posts: 16
Loc: Denton, TX
I recently purchased a 14' aluminum semi-V Jon boat with decking. I figured finding a decent used outboard wouldn't be too hard. So far, it has proven more difficult than i imagined. I've been on the lookout for a 25-35 hp motor (tiller or controlled) but haven't found much. Aside from Craigslist and eBay, does anybody have any suggestions on where I could look for a used outboard? If you have one for sale, hit me up.

Thanks for any info you might be able to throw my way.


Edited by Pickandgrin13 (08/01/15 12:35 PM)

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#11013747 - 08/01/15 12:51 PM Re: Looking for used outboard - why is it so hard to find? [Re: Pickandgrin13]
kingdad101 Offline
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Registered: 10/24/05
Posts: 20708
Loc: W.F. Texas
your location would help...I think...

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#11013764 - 08/01/15 12:59 PM Re: Looking for used outboard - why is it so hard to find? [Re: Pickandgrin13]
Pickandgrin13 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 08/01/15
Posts: 16
Loc: Denton, TX
I'm in the Denton/DFW area.

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#11013767 - 08/01/15 01:00 PM Re: Looking for used outboard - why is it so hard to find? [Re: Pickandgrin13]
RangerBass21 Offline
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Registered: 01/09/15
Posts: 2210
Loc: Plano
Sell you a 95 efi Mercury 150, you'll fly down the lake
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#11013770 - 08/01/15 01:05 PM Re: Looking for used outboard - why is it so hard to find? [Re: Pickandgrin13]
Pickandgrin13 Offline
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Registered: 08/01/15
Posts: 16
Loc: Denton, TX
I'm already getting an earful from friends when I talk about putting a 35hp on this thing. One old timer I talked to kept cautioning me not to rip my transom out with too powerful of a motor. This is my first boat in 20 years so I'm keen to follow wisdon.That might be too much for her. Right?

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#11014683 - 08/02/15 07:23 AM Re: Looking for used outboard - why is it so hard to find? [Re: Pickandgrin13]
Pickandgrin13 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 08/01/15
Posts: 16
Loc: Denton, TX
So, are people just hanging onto these motors in hope that they will serve as post-apocalyptic currency one day? I guess I'm not understanding why I don't see many of these motors for sale, but I rarely ever see 25-35 hp motors on the lake. It's usually bigger engines I'm seeing. Are they just not that numerous, or is somebody out there hoarding?

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#11015179 - 08/02/15 12:38 PM Re: Looking for used outboard - why is it so hard to find? [Re: Pickandgrin13]
gary purdy Online   content
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Loc: Littlefield Tx & Lake A. H. US...
Have a 25hp evinrude good tiller, pull start motor, new waterpump but cowling is ruff. No title 350.00
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#11015365 - 08/02/15 02:33 PM Re: Looking for used outboard - why is it so hard to find? [Re: Pickandgrin13]
Bittercreek Offline
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Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 3284
Loc: San Angelo Tx
I'm in the same situation as you. Looking for a good 10hp 2-stroke.
Have been checking at www.smalloutboard.com. Atf marine. But have not
heard any reviews from folks who have dealt with them.

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#11015628 - 08/02/15 04:57 PM Re: Looking for used outboard - why is it so hard to find? [Re: Pickandgrin13]
Pickandgrin13 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 08/01/15
Posts: 16
Loc: Denton, TX
I'm seeing tons of 9.9 and 10 hp, it's the 15-35 hp, and really the 25-35 hp motors that seem to be as plentiful as unicorns.

Hey, Gary. I just picked up a 25 hp Johnson in Venus (the town, not the planet) today. If the prognosis from the mechanic is bleak I might hit you up for the tiller. Thanks!

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#11027474 - 08/07/15 03:06 PM Re: Looking for used outboard - why is it so hard to find? [Re: Pickandgrin13]
Curtbass Offline
Angler

Registered: 04/17/15
Posts: 467
Loc: Grand Prairie, Tx
I'm looking for a GOOD 200hp Merc 3L & haven't had much luck. Several 2.5L' out there. I have a 98 Johnson Fast strike with 380hrs total for sale. Boat is rated for 200 & I'm a Merc man.

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#11031487 - 08/09/15 07:26 PM Re: Looking for used outboard - why is it so hard to find? [Re: Pickandgrin13]
Dawson Hefner Offline
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Loc: Brownsboro, Tx
The reason is that nobody gets rid of a good motor by itself. The ones that you do find in that hp will run $500-$1000 if they are running. They sell overnight when put on Craigslist if working.
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#11035424 - 08/11/15 01:55 PM Re: Looking for used outboard - why is it so hard to find? [Re: Pickandgrin13]
BODA Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/10/14
Posts: 219
Loc: Eagle Mountain Lake
My guess is that they are hard to find because not too many people re-power jon boats, when you realize that a f30 tiller ($5500) costs as much as a sweet used jon boat ....my guess

call around to boat shops. they always have old outboards laying around, if you're handy and can read a manual, you can save a ton

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#11038922 - 08/13/15 01:38 AM Re: Looking for used outboard - why is it so hard to find? [Re: Pickandgrin13]
satx78247 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 03/15/13
Posts: 12
Loc: san antonio, tx
Pickandgrin13,

TOO BAD that you're so far away, as I have a 1958 ELECTRIC START Johnson 18 HP outboard & that is surplus to my needs. = It came out of an estate sale here in The Alamo City & I was told by the son of the original owner that it, "-------- has spent most all of its life in Dad's garage. - Likely wasn't run a 100 hours altogether. It was last used in the Summer of 2012".
It has NO control box or gas tank, though the controls are easily/inexpensively available on ebay.com & Wal-Mart has suitable 6-gallon plastic tanks, cheap.

The little 18 horse Johnny is only for sale, as I've found a 1958 Johnson SUPER QUIET 35HP that is PERFECT for the 1958 finned/tin LONE STAR UTILITY that I've found in Austin.

Note: ImVho, the old Johnnyrude BigTwins are the most over-engineered, toughest & longest-lived outboards ever built. = I believe that I could teach a chimpanzee to keep a BigTwin running essentially forever.

yours, satx
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#11040675 - 08/13/15 08:04 PM Re: Looking for used outboard - why is it so hard to find? [Re: gary purdy]
Zak Barnett Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 06/08/09
Posts: 18
Loc: Mansfield, Tx
Originally Posted By: gary purdy
Have a 25hp evinrude good tiller, pull start motor, new waterpump but cowling is ruff. No title 350.00


Gary where you located at? I am interested if you still have this.

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#11041851 - 08/14/15 12:24 PM Re: Looking for used outboard - why is it so hard to find? [Re: Zak Barnett]
kingdad101 Offline
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Registered: 10/24/05
Posts: 20708
Loc: W.F. Texas
Originally Posted By: Zak Barnett
Originally Posted By: gary purdy
Have a 25hp evinrude good tiller, pull start motor, new waterpump but cowling is ruff. No title 350.00


Gary where you located at? I am interested if you still have this.


if you look under his name in a post it shows... 'Littlefield Tx & Lake A. H. USA'--(Littlefield, out by Lubbock...Lake A.H.= Lake Allen Henry)...
like yours shows Mansfield....Good Luck...

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