You've had the boat for a while now and you've finally come to a crossroads. Its time for an upgrade but the real question is what route do you take. Are you looking for a new boat, new-to-me, or are you just looking to repower the old 2-stroke. One of the main things you should be thinking about is how the boat performs for your application of use. Does it do everything you need it to and if not, what would you like different? More often then not, the answer to this question is as simple as repowering the rig.
Here at Van's Sport Center, our used outboard collection is at an all-time high. We've got about 150 used motors that are ready to find their new homes. There are a few things to consider when you are in the market to buy a used outboard. Consider where do you go to find one? How old is too old? 2-stroke or 4-stroke? Tiller steering or remote steering? What's your maximum horsepower size? What does your budget look like? Do you have a control box already mounted on the boat from the previous motor? Is it a good working motor? Is it in the condition you were hoping for? I'll walk you through a few basic things to think about before you're tempted to grab the best deal.