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Lookee what I got this weekend.


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So 2 weekends ago I was out on the Neuse River in NC and the gears stripped out in my lower unit. I was in a remote section of the river, and had to float downstream for about 4 hours before I got a tow the last mile back to the ramp!


So I was looking on CL for a replacement lower or motor, and stumbled across this deal:

A 23 foot Sea Ox (needs a new deck)

And a Mercury 200 outboard. I already trial rigged the outboard, and it fired right up. Trim doesn't work, but I hear the motor working, so maybe it's just low on fluid, but I've got a complete spare TnT unit ready to go in if it's shot. Other problem is the lower is leaking fluid now that I have it upright, but the fluid coming it looks very clean, so hopefully I can just replace the seals.

I don't know what the guy was thinking, because the Sea Ox takes a 25" outboard, and the Merc 200 is a 20" shaft motor. He was moving out of town and needed the boat gone last weekend, so I obliged. Plus the Ox is rigged for a Yamaha (nice controls and guages) so if I don't just unload it on someone else I guess I'll have to find a Yamaha outboard for it.


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I cracked open the manual release for the trim, let it lower all the way down, and now the trim is working! Must have just had an air bubble stuck near the pump.