I bought a new boat in 1995, it was a 1994 16′ mirrorcraft V-bottom, with nice trailer and came with mercury 56# thrust trolling motor, and 50 hp mariner with tilt and trim and electric start. The boat had a bilge pump, electrical panel, running lights etc. I paid $6000 for it new at M&M marina. I got good use out of it, it made dozens trips to lake erie and the Mississippi River. It was pretty wore out when I ran out of oil and instantly blew the motor. I had electrical wire problems on the motor at lake erie and the warning buzzer quit working, and so it cost me the motor. I sold the motor for $500 for parts and sold the boat and trailer for $1000, nothing in it really, lust the bilge pump and lights and the old original seats. These days you can’t touch a boat like that for under $10,000. I finally replaced it in 2010, I bought an old 1995 alumincarft on ebay for $1800. I swapped the trailer from the mirrorcraft, didn’t like the roller trailer even though it was like new.. I bought a 2008 60 hp 4-stroke merc. I really like this boat even though it has small leaks and the transom is weak.
I also have a flatbttom that I first bought in 1978, sold it to a guy who let it sit for 6 years and then bought it back from him. It leaks so bad I worry it will sink so I have been looking for a new boat for some time and let a lot of good deals slide by because I was too busy fishing. By the time I got serious there wasn’t much available. I did buy a new flatbottom though. It was a catfish boat. I paid $3,600 for it and paid too much I think. It didn’t come with much of anything but it has a nice galvanized trailer and an old yamaha motor. I am making a deck and adding a trolling motor and everything. It’s pretty much an empty oat and what’s in there I have to remove. I have spent the last two weeks working on it and no where close to being able to go out fishing. Its a 2000 boat and trailer and the motor is a 1997 45 hp jet drive. I was shocked to find the motor didn’t have electric start or tilt and trim. I almost walked away from the deal but he came down $1400. Its a 17.5′ boat, but is ribbeted so it’s light weight. I had tyo add a swing tongue on the trailer. Those are really nice and was able to gain about 30″ of room in my garage. I added guides on the sides. I still have more work to do on the trailer but too busy working on the boat.
I cannot believe the difference between a 50 hp 1994 mariner and a 45 hp 1997 yamaha. Yamaha are supposed to be the best, and even the old motors cost a fortune. If my oil warning hadn’t gone out I’m sure that motor would have ran for a long time. Well this yamaha doesn’t even have a warning. You can’t even see the oil tank, it’s under the hood and you have to remove the hood to check it and fill it up where the mariner had a cap on the hood and a gauge you could see. This is going so far backward, it is primitive. What a pain this is going to be. I imagine I will do away with the injection system later and just add oil in the gas.
OK I can live with that, but so much for yamaha being better than mercury mariner. Now to start the motor I look for the primer. There is no primer! Even my old 1994 mercury jet-drive has a primer! And it starts first pull! Well not this yamaha. You have to pull on it a few times to prime it!. A 45 hp isn’t so easy to pull and I have a bad back, bad wrists and bad elbow. I checked into getting an electric start and they want $1200 for the kit and its really hard to install. Hardly worth it.
And last, there is no trim and tilt. This motor weighs a ton, it is a back breaker to lift to put in shallow drive. I just hope by putting it in reverse it will help lift itself.
I did try to start it and after a few pulls I figured out the throttle was stuck and when I managed to get it on full throttle it started right up. I hope this motor works out. Otherwise I will be looking for a new motor and jet drive are becoming obsolete. Everyone is going with the nud runners but they cost a fortune and are a pain to trailer. There is a motor just like mine on ebay with a propped lower unit and they want $4000 for it. That’s too bad, it has electric start and trim and tilt, I could swap out the lower unit but since they are rare you can’t find one for a decent price. If you ask me, yamaha sucks compared to mercury.