Now you have got me started...
Yes the seller is a complete moron, I called, first he answered I arranged to meet and then when I arrived had no answer, and he has not answered since. All I said is I wanted to take a close look and if it was ok and untouched I'd have it.
So I got back and looked closely at the engine pics again and saw that he had the serial number on the mid section. So looked closely and checked with mercury and its a 2.5 200 1992... Then it became obvious, no extra anodes, different transom bracket casting. It is NOT a salt water engine. Well the leg and gearbox aren't anyway. Then I noticed that the powerhead has no oil injection, its all removed and blanked off.
So I wouldn't trust this one as far as I could throw it. God knows what else has happened to it. I worked all this out before even going to see it, and know that now if I did I'd probably loose my temper with the guy for selling junk, wasting my time (already + 40 mile round trip), and then for knowingly shafting another potential purchaser (that winds me up more than anything else - I can spot a lemon, many can't)
Strange thing is his mobile number points to a handyman/builder/trades person, yet could only view between 1-2pm and his ebay history is full of some fairly expensive boat related stuff, yet its all kept behind a suzuki garage near Farnborough..
This guy wasted a lot of my time this week..