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Posted: 10/26/2013 7:43:22 PM EST
I am looking to buy a used flats boat. Going to check out one very soon. Does anyone know of a checklist that I can use to evaluate all aspects of a used boat? I've searched the net and have found a few things but nothing that has been verified as accurate and complete.

Here is an example of the most informative thing I've found. It's not specifically tailored to flats boat but most would still apply.

http://www.crappie.com/crappie/louisiana/80307-buying-used-boat-check-out-my-check-list.html

Link Posted: 10/26/2013 11:46:12 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 9:01:51 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 9:02:27 PM EST
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Originally Posted By KB7DX:
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Can't believe I missed that thread. Great information. Thanks! I noticed you are the originator of the thread. What do you think about a 2001 Johnson 115 two stroke outboard? I am looking at a boat that has this motor. Thanks!
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 9:16:53 AM EST
Run away if it's a "FICHT" fuel injected engine. If it's carbureted, have it checked out thouroughly including an on the water test run.
While our shop is Johnson/Evinrude certified, we don't see alot of those engines. Mostly Mercury. I can say that practically every J/E engine in for problems not related to bad fuel or routine maintenance are electrical in nature. The ignition boxes or "power packs" have a tendency to fail or become intermittant.
Member "akethan" on this board is a J/E dealer and sees way more of those than we do. It may be worth your while to IM him with the serial/model number and get his opinion.
Link Posted: 10/29/2013 12:39:16 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2013 12:39:45 AM EST by rssc]
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Originally Posted By KB7DX:
Run away if it's a "FICHT" fuel injected engine. If it's carbureted, have it checked out thouroughly including an on the water test run.
While our shop is Johnson/Evinrude certified, we don't see alot of those engines. Mostly Mercury. I can say that practically every J/E engine in for problems not related to bad fuel or routine maintenance are electrical in nature. The ignition boxes or "power packs" have a tendency to fail or become intermittant.
Member "akethan" on this board is a J/E dealer and sees way more of those than we do. It may be worth your while to IM him with the serial/model number and get his opinion.
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Thanks for the info. How do I tell if it's carb'd or a FICHT fuel injected engine? By the model and SN or is it something I can visually see when looking at the engine? I will also get the SN and send it to akethan. Thanks a lot for your help!
Link Posted: 10/29/2013 10:37:20 AM EST
The engine should say FICHT right on the cowling.
Link Posted: 10/29/2013 7:07:50 PM EST
OK. Thanks a lot for the advice. I really appreciate it!
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