Exactly why do you think Cam and I are yahoos...
Low engine hours can be a really bad thing... This engine is almost 30 years old... and if the 656 hours happened in the first 10 years, it may have been sitting, without much in the way of maintenance for almost 20 years.
While I don't think that is the case, as that is an extreme case for illustrative purposes...
Can you explain exactly how is an engine sitting for 20 years, in a marine environment, could be in any way possible at all good for the engine?
Just curious as to how you can possible answer this in a positive way...
Also, oil and coolant are both contaminated over time, and the ingredients in them that are designed to protect the engine from wear and corrosion are also subject to breakdown to age, oxidation, evaporation, etc... If the owner of the boat stuck to an engine-hour based schedule... then the engine could be a giant block of rust... with missing zincs and such... An engine that is used regularly is far more likely to receive regular maintenance, as it is probably checked far more often than an engine that just sits for years on end.
While I hope the engine is in good shape, and it may be... if it received proper and timely maintenance... but it may also be a total writeoff.
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