After selling my 01 boat about a year ago i came across this boat which the owner needs to sell it. It is a 1996 Baja 180 islander with 4.3 mercruiser. He says (friends of my close friends) he flushed the engine every time he used. New fuel pump installed , new batteries installed, Boat has been kept inside except for the last 6-8 months which needs a TLC. Upholstery is clean and no tears . There is no hourmeter so hours is unknown on the motor. I talked to him and he is willing to let me have it for $1000 with trailer (engine running conditon..) My questions are I am located at South Carolina and it has been pretty cold here for the last 2-3 weeks. He has not winterized the motor How can i check the motor for cracks? Do i need the Cooling system pressure tested?
What do i need to check on the motor as far as that being a 12 years old motor? What should i look for ?
Is that model Mercuriser V6 dependable motors?
I just want to make sure i would not get a cracked blocked motor and sing bunch of money on this boat.