Thanks for the input. The MB2B engine was recently serviced and checks out OK but the transmission is a big "?" due to the presumed faulty "direction valve". I hear that the valve can be repaired versus replaced and might be willing to give the owner the $$ to have the valve repaired and then "see what happens".
There is another same make model boat , locally, that is listed with a broker at four times the price
. Budgeting $6k-$8k for a future engine replacement still a lot less expensive then the boat offered by the broker.
Ideally, I would like to use the current
MD2B setup for a few years and then re-power, when I have a better idea of my needs.