Hi there Italo My Question today is .. what do i look for when buy a used bass boat and how many hours should a boat motor should have example . i seen on boat very nice but it has 250 hours is that to much hours on thats motor or it does not matter as long as it runs good please get back and god bless u Italo Ciao

Posted on March 27th, 2015

Hi Seb….If outboard engines have been maintained properly, the number of hours is really irrelevant. I know of anglers that are still using outboards that were made in the 1950’s and they work fine. Most “average” anglers put at least 50-60 hrs. on an outboard per year. Tournament anglers can put as much as 60-100 hrs. on their outboard per year depending on how many tournaments they fish and how much they pre-fish in-between. Besides checking on the outboard hours, you may want to thoroughly inspect the lower unit to make sure there is no damage from the boat operator having hit submerged objects and also checking the hull and where the hull and deck is connected (especially if it’s a fiberglass boat for cracks, or broken “pop-rivets”, or bolts that would be caused from running the bass boat too hard in rough water. Also check around the electric trolling motor mounts for cracks, or a loose motor. These are all indications that the boat may have been put through some harsh running conditions (abuse)….God bless you, Italo

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