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Hey all!

I inherited a 1988 Parker 2110 WA that I am getting ready to re-power. The Johnson 175 VRO that was on it is shot, but aside from that the boat seems to be in great shape!

Moisture meter showed no issues at all...

Teak door and trim all seem to be in fair to good condition.

Status of the gas tank is TBD...

As a total newbie I apologize for my ignorance but if there are some common issues to look for in the older Parker's like this one, the more things to look for, the better at this point!

I'd rather know now before/during repowering the boat than down the road!

Thanks for any input!
 

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A 4cyl inline DF 175 or DF 200 Suzuki would bring that boat alive.

Fuel tank......Have it cleaned before proceeding. You can't tell condition. It leaks or it doesn't. Not unless the tank is removed from the boat...Then you may as well install a new one.

But dirt in the old one now can and will give you problems with a old or a new motor and leave you stranded.
 

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Appreciate that input! I had gone back and forth on a few different setups...main argument being 2stroke vs 4stroke. I had my heart set on a 4...but after hearing some good info from the dealer...and more so from a couple of friends with Evinrude ETECHs...I decided that is the way to go. A big kicker was a 7year non declining warranty if I do it now in the early preseason.

The tank is still a concern but def will have it cleaned and hoping no need to replace!

Thanks again and excited to get this project rolling along hopefully starting this weekend!
 

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Yea... Not suprized at the dealer. Once you go 4 stroke you'll throw rocks at a 2 stroke.

Oil is about $40gal for the 100 to 1

3 years with no service... No way... That's when bolts start breaking from neglect.

I drop the foot and change the water pump after the first year. WHY? Not because it needs the waterpump.... Because I want to lube all the threades on the fastners and the splines on the driveshaft.

Note the gear ratio... It's the same ratio for the mid HP motors as the high HP motors.

Now look at the Suzuki ratio's and you'll see a HELL of a difference.... The Big suzzy's swing a 16in dia propeller. Think of it as bigger tires fro more traction.

Our Sea Tow fleet from Panama City to Mobile runs nothing but Suzzy's. 1000's and 1000's of hours.

It's your money. Buy what you want. :)
 

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I know the folks that have the Etecs seem to love them, but I'm with Wart on this one on the 2 Stroke vs 4 stroke. Oil is expensive and a pain in the ass, IMO. It's just one more thing to keep up with. My last boat had an old Yam 115 2 stroke and although it was a great engine for its day (1989), I couldn't wait to get into a 4 stroke when I bought my Parker. My new boat being a 4 stroke was one of my non-negotiable items. In my area, Suzuki and Yamaha are the dominant brands by I'd say 70% +. A few years ago I went on a charter with some friends and the boat had a 250 Suzuki on it with over 3K hours. That got my attention. I'm not in the repower market but if I were, I would either be researching the new Yam 4.2 lit Offshore's or the Suzuki's and I say that as a Yamaha fan. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase a Suzuki.
 

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One other thing with the 2 stroke. Space taking oil tank. I couldn't wait to get that nasty / space hogging thing off our boat.

My son wants to put a amplified Sub wolfer there now. LOL
 

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warthog5":f6ttla53 said:
One other thing with the 2 stroke. Space taking oil tank. I couldn't wait to get that nasty / space hogging thing off our boat.

My son wants to put a amplified Sub wolfer there now. LOL


Not a bad idea from your son! Haha

But correct me if I am wrong...one of the benefits of the newer 2-strokes...(or maybe just these ones?) is a built-in oil reservoir.

I know the space hogging reservoirs you speak of, bc a big old nasty one currently sits in its own mess with the 1989 Johnson 2stroke setup that is coming OFF of the boat!
 

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I believe the new g2 has a built in oil tank.. not sure about the others..
 

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It may have the reservoir on the powerhead...... I don't know?

One of the local mechanic's that I know and trust told me he's put more ECM aka computer's on E-tec's than any other motors.
 

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I have that same boat!!
 

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Good luck with her they are great boats! I've had the 89 2110 for a few years and it was in my family for about 5 years before that. Storage and amenities are lacking, but it makes up for it in the quality of the build. Mine is powered by a yamaha 150hp 2 stroke. My only complaint is that the boat can be a little slow especially with a full tank and crew, so if you are repowering I would opt for the most HP that fits in your budget. I think the transom tag rates the boat for up to 235hp. Keep in mind with that though when they made that hp rating in '88 there were no heavy 4 strokes, so that rating may have to be adjusted a bit if you don't opt for the Etec.
Aside from that there are no common issues that I'm aware of. Your concerns with the tank are warranted. If you haven't noticed them already there will be two small round deck hatches, one close to the stern and one between the seats. Those will give you access to both ends of the gas tank. With a flashlight you can get a look at the tank a bit to get sort of an idea of its condition. It should be 100gals. I called parker directly about if they new what size mine should be, they told me if the tank is original it should be 100 or 95 gals. They have records on some of the old boats, so if you call them with your HIN they may have the specs on yours. Mine, they did not, he said some were lost in a fire years back. Good luck, get the new motor on and enjoy her!
 

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Really appreciate all of the replies and advice!

I ended up sticking to the Evinrude and have ONE new picture to share! Should be ready for a trial coming up shortly so hopefully I can post some info on my feelings after that!

Thanks again for the welcome and the replies! I take all info and advice to heart!
 

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Short update since it has been a LONG time coming. Cut the old tank out of the deck. Foam was SOAKED in fuel. Still haven’t completely uncovered the issue if the tank had some small leaks, or if the fill area and/or sending unit were leaking. My issue was getting crud in my fuel lines that was stalling the motor, coupled with when I’d top the tank off for the off-season, when I got it back to the garage and propped it up, I’d end up with about 5gallons of fuel leaking out of the bilge/rear plug area. I knew something wasn’t good!

Either way I decided I wanted to get rid of the metal tank and go with a Moeller poly tank. Ordered a 70 gallon until I realized what the 2 different dimensions were. One was the tank dimensions and the other was the tank dimensions plus the fill spout and sending unit/etc. 🤦🏼‍♂️ Sent that back and went with a 55 gallon which seems to fit nicely, just going to have to run the lines a little differently. For what I am looking to do up here on Lake Champlain in NY, 55 gal. will be plenty.

Open to any other tips and tricks or suggestions, but have been meaning to log on and post some pictures since I know so many of you have been helpful on my first posts about which motor to go with, various projects, and a general love for Classic Parkers! Enjoy and hopefully more to follow sooner than later. Cheers!
 

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New tank, new fuel lines, dry-dock tested, launched, and running like a champ!!! 🙏🏼🙌🏼👍🏼🇺🇸 It’s been a long time, and slow moving process the last 2-3 years, but she is BACK!
 

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Great job. Get some wrap or a fabric sleeve to protect those cables and hoses at the engine. I like those etecs! Great engines.
 
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