The wife works with a guy who had an old basstracker that he wanted to sell, along with his other boat, so he could get a new toy. I hit 40 this year and had been raggin on her about buying a convertible, so she gets me this instead since I've talked about a boat for the last 20 yrs. Boat, trailer, 40 hp Merc, trolling motor, dual battery, 2 depth/fish units, live well and the other odds and ends. $2k for the package. Everyone I talk too says it sounds like a good deal and we should take it. Pick it up the other week and he reccomends taking it in for service as it stalls out on the high end. Not a problem since I would want someone to look at it regardless. Takes a week to find a shop to look at a 25 yr old set up, another week before it gets fit in. I try and take it out for a test run before hand and cannot get the motor to stay running. (uh oh) Get to Knox this morning(damned mapquest and the goofy directions) and they get it running right away. (whew) Damn thing smokes, rattles and jumps like a jumping bean on crack and set fire. Guy starts pulling things off and checking. Good compression and such but he can't figure out why it's jumping and firing weird. Does a few more things and figures out the top bearings, at the least, are shot. Somewhere along the line they didn't get the lubrication they needed. So he goes on to tell me how much it would be to pull the engine apart and refit it, which in their opinon and reality, it wouldn't be worth putting $1-1500 into a 25 yr old motor. So I have the option of running it and it may last a day, week, year or years, or die on me at the back end of Alum and leave me heading home with a lovely 28lb thrust trolling motor, which just wasn't an option for me. Or I can try to sell it to someone and make something back, or put on another motor. Sooo they have a '05 Merc 9.9 bigfoot that just came in used. With the 9.9 on it I can now fish Hoover, Knox and the others around me. On top of that I have a motor than will be reliable, quiet and get better fuel economy. So I bite the bullet(Visa) and go for it and BAM we double the cost of the boat. So now that I've told my tale of woe and the normal bout of regret sets in when I spend money like that on something besides my computers or comic books. The thing I'd like to ask is...........Did I make a mistake in getting that motor or should I have run the jumper motor til it dropped and hope I didn't get stuck out somewhere? Thanks for any input. It was you guys who got me to Knox where they were the only ones who would even work on the boat.