A few thoughts. I've rebuilt a number of mid-90s motors and I'm not too bad at it.
* Unless you are SURE it is fraud--a serious accusation, you have to pay the bill. To do otherwise is stealing.
* Just getting the lower unit off, if it has not been kept lubed, can take hours. I can believe 8-10 hours total. Sounds right; I once did similar service to four identical 9.9 Yamahas I own (long story that makes more sense when you know that my boat has twin 9.9s) and it took hours even after I was good at it.
* Cleaning corrosion is time consuming.
* Mid-90s is long in the tooth if a motor has not been maintained. Doable for sure, but tough at $75/hour.
* Any outboard owner should get to know them better. A mechanic is not always handy. However, I would suggest the MANUFACTURER manual, not an aftermarket manual; pricier and worth it the first time it saves time. I have found this to be true of cars and boats.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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