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Date posted September 11, 2009 10:12 AM
Posted by bigtunabunda
Report location New York > Western Sound > the westernmost sound
Fishing method Boat
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Got a new used boat. Had it for a while now. Bought at auction back in May 09. It took months to get the paperwork straightened out, what a nightmare. Got it in the water finally about 2 weeks ago, lower unit was baked. Also have fuel alarms coming on. Replaced lower unit, by passed in line fuel filter, back in water yesterday ( start of NorEaster) of all days!

I Had to run that boat, test it and christen it with a fish, been looking at it for TOO long! My buddy George came with me, and we ran the boat (which still isn't running right, still getting alarms intermittently on the 2002 200 Merc EFI OB. Ran the boat slow RPMs as per break in period instructions. Boat ran worse as time went on.

Fishing did take place, in Noreast storm blowing steady 25-30 gusts to at least 35-40 kts East winds, & light rain. It was wind against incoming tide we stayed in the river and there was a good roll on there too! We chunked for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours with fresh bunker. I managed ONE 3 lb schoolie to christen the boat, missed a few other short hits. George missed a good screamer by a bluefish, chunk came back bitten in half. Was hoping for a pile of hungry blues on that spot but hey, we were fishing in a noreaster!

My review is, I LOVE the boat (2002 Trophy 22' CC), HATE the motor ( 2002 Merc 200 EFI) so far. If I didn't have a baby on the way due in March I'd finance a new E Tech, or Yamaha for it!!!

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Joined: 09/11/2009
Posts: 2
 09/11/2009 12:51 PM  

the yamahaa 250 four stroke would be nice good luck

Joined: 09/23/2004
Posts: 410
 09/11/2009 02:19 PM  

" passed in line fuel filter..."

Not a real good idea. Since you bought the boat used, and then you let it sit idle for 4 months, you probably have bad gas in the tank. This gas w/ethanol doesn't last too long before it begins to break down. Those fuel alarms are trying to tell you something...keep running it the way it is, and you may be ordering a new outboard before the baby comes...or watch your boat sitting in the yard for another 6 months.

I would strongly advise you to drain your tank completely, and fill with fresh gas (including a good brand of fuel stabilizer, such as PRI-G). Completely purge your fuel line of old gas. Then install a new, 10 micron water separating fuel filter in your fuel line. You might start to love your Merc...


Joined: 06/04/2003
Posts: 79
 09/11/2009 06:07 PM  

I would listen to KL172 sounds like your biggest problem is the fuel in the tank. You do not know how old it is! and It properly was not stored right.

Joined: 05/01/2006
Posts: 24
 09/12/2009 10:44 AM  

what auction did you get the boat at

Joined: 06/11/2004
Posts: 429
 09/12/2009 06:42 PM  

good luck with the new boat but you would be better off with an oar then that merc. The EFI merc power head only last about 800 hours, not sure why but gets real pricey if your planning on using it alot. They also have issues with the ethanol. Sounds like you got a great deal on the boat, what's another 15k for a shiny new Yammie


Joined: 11/08/2006
Posts: 43
Location: Raritan Bay
 09/12/2009 10:44 PM  

Check out give alot of info on merc. engines...I had a 1998 Mer....was having problems with oil pressure from oil holding tank(pressure remained in tank and would force oil into gas line therefore when I would try to start up..there was no gas,just oil)....the site told my to replace to valves(about 30 bucks) and it ran great after. Seems to have been a common problem.
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