Re-power: New? Used? New boat/motor?
On Friday, April 30th, my 2000 year 115 C-series Yamaha 2-stroke left me with metal on metal grinding at full throttle. Pulled back and shut it off. Naughty words. Cranked it back up hoping to get to the ramp @ 5mph. 20 minutes later, DONE! Engine would not even turn, never mind start. The motor gove me 18 years of solid performance. 2 water pumps, brushes in the starter and a carving of salt build-up in the water jackets were my ONLY issues. Now, the questions: My boat is a 2000 Polar 19' bay boat. I know it's not a Pathfinder, shearwater, etc., but it works. Trolling motor is 10 years old but recently rebuilt. Gauges don't work, but I never leave sight of land and always have at least 30 gallons of fuel. Trailer axels were replaced 2 years ago. Do I re-power with a new 115 4-stroke @ $13K? Do I take a chance on a used 4-stroke? Or just bite the bullet and replace the whole shebang? Costs are a concern but not overwhelming. I'm 64 years old and in good health. Not looking for anything bigger, but have seen some nice 17" bay boats with 115's but don't know the new cost. Any constructive suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I fish out of Caxambas Pass and Bayview in Naples. I make a few trips a year to Pine Island Sound and the Skyway in St. Pete for reference of my type of inshore fishing.
Polar 1900 Yamaha 115