Pre-Purchase Engine Inspections:
Thinking about buying a boat with used outboard, gas stern drive, or gas inboard engines? It’s not like years ago:
Engines cost real money these days!
Best to get them checked out before you buy!
With almost three decades of “Hands On” engine service and inspection experience, Bill can prevent a lot of surprises!
There are good engine technicians around, but few are experienced in pre- purchase inspections- The devil is in the details!
Bill works from long check lists developed from a body of experience that has been refined over almost three decades of inspections:
Compression (additional costs may apply)
Cylinder Wall Condition, if visible
Crank Case Oil Condition and Level
Oil Sample Analysis (price available upon request) Engine, transmission and generator: An easy way to gather more very useful information!
Engine Computer Run History and Fault Codes-(Many later model year engine computers store data about how the engine has been run: Amount of time at various rpms, fault codes, overheat events, etc. Bill has the computer and software to access Mercury/ Mercruiser, Yamaha, and Suzuki computers) Less Guessing = More Facts!
Electrical System Condition and Operation
Fuel System Condition and Operation
Engine Mount Condition
Exhaust Manifold Condition
Rust and Corrosion- engine exhausts with known issues are video scoped to assess condition of accessible/ visible exhaust system condition.
Hydraulic System Condition and Operation
Transmission/ Gear Case Oil Condition
Propeller Shaft Condition? Bent? Corrosion? Fish line on shaft? Seal condition?
Propeller Hub/ Cutlass Bearing Condition?
Ease of Starting?
Apparent Water Pressure?
Performance During Water Test?
Rigging and Set Up?
Is/ Are the Engine(s) Set Up Properly on the Vessel?
Are they Propped Correctly?
Do They Perform Adequately? How much life is left in them?
A PRE-PURCHASE ENGINE INSPECTION IS A VITAL PART OF ANY INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE POWERED VESSEL SURVEY!