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About Runner Outboards

I've repaired and sold hundreds of motors of all different shapes, sizes, and age.  Each one is a new learning experience.  The books only teach about 5% of the education to be a mechanic.  You don't learn how to drive a car at Driver's Ed.  You learn by getting behind the wheel, and combining experience with factual book knowledge. 

Folks ask me all the time, "Where did you learn to do this?"  The answer is there is no longer any schools to learn how to work on old motors.  All the schools are closed, and most mechanics from the 60's-90's have retired or passed.  I have been fortunate to work with retired OMC service techs (not dealers, the actual people who worked with the engineers) and have done extensive reading and practice.  But at the end of day fixing 100's of motors has been the best learning tool.  Fixing 1 or 2 motors, or owning motors DOES NOT make you mechanic.

I don't work on motors that are much newer than 10 years of age, simply because marinas still service most of these motors.  Outboards older than 10 years generally are not accepted for servicework because there is less profit involved for marinas as compared to newer models.  My repairs go from simple calibrations all the way to complete mechanical overhauls.

My personal vessels are powered by my inventory including a 1967 20hp and 1978 35hp.  They work just fine.  They didn't when I first acquired them, but with the proper service work, they are reliable daily drivers and ones I enjoy using.  There's no reason why you can't enjoy the same experience out of a used motor, so long as you're willing to care for it and learn a little bit about them as an operator.  You don't have to be a mechanic, you just have to be willing to understand the basics, no different than caring for a lawn mower, weed wacker, or chain saw.

If you have an old motor that needs fixing, I'll do what I can to help you. 

I am also an active member of the Antique Outboard Motor Club (AOMCI).

Happy, and safe, boating!

Enjoying a beautiful day on lake champlain in my 14' aluminum cruising at 30mph!


Repairing a 1968 Evinrude Angler.

All motors have the following repairs performed:
  • Mechanical: Compression Test, functional test (proper shifting, swivel, acceptable tilt/trim, various knobs, etc), mechanical component replacement (cranks, bearings, levers, gears, seals, etc)
  • Fuel System: Pump, lines, carburetor cleaned/rehabbed as needed
  • Ignition System: spark gap strength evaluated, components replaced as necessary (CDI & Magneto systems)
  • Cooling System: Impeller & thermostat serviced as needed, electronic thermometer evaluation for proper function (supercedes original OEM evaluations)
  • Gearcase: LOAD and BOAT tested as needed, seals tested, oil changed - proper testing is carried out on an actual vessel
  • Performance: Fuel & Ignition systems syncronized for best economy and idling; motors run under typical conditions to evaluate real-world performance
  • Cosmetics: Most motors are repainted with Moeller marine paint that resists oil & gasoline exposure and make them presentable.

Motors aren't made available until I feel comfortable using them personally.

Sales include:
  • Demonstrated working properly at all throttle ranges
  • Sales agreement (must be completed before final sale)
  • Operators Manual (free download)
  • Questions answered
  • 30-day free tune ups if needed* (exclusions apply, click here for details)

What Runner Outboards Does

  • Does NOT flip motors. 
  • Works predominently on OMC outboards (Johnson, Evinrude, Gale, Sea-King, Etc).
  • Provides light weight, reliable, refurbished 2-stroke motors to customers.
  • Expects you to read the operator manual for the motor you purchase, and use appropriate care and usage with the motor

Why Buy From Runner Outboards?

  • You get to buy a motor that you know what has been done to it and it's current status.
  • 2-stroke motors weigh 30-50% less than 4-stroke motors
  • 2-stroke motors have more power per cycle, and have many less moving parts
  • The cost of a used outboard is about 75% less than a new outboard
  • Parts are readily available for a used outboard, and cost less to replace used components
  • 2-stroke motors run, and run, and run with appropriate normal care and maintenence
  • If you're more interested in reliability than cosmetics, then a used outboard is the way to go
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