A One Outboard Reviews (1)
In the first week of June 2010, I ordered a supposedly remanufactured 115 hp Johnson outboard motor from Blackbird Industries for $4,393.00 . Reluctantly they accepted my credit card payment (plus a 3% surcharge),because I would not wire them the money directly. The motor arrived on June 18th. My mechanic installed the motor and on June 29th we put the boat in the water.I took the boat for a 45 min. ride and the motor lost power, and I had to be towed in to shore. (this is the Atlantic Ocean not a lake)On July 6th my mechanic took my boat out of the water, and discovered the #3 cylinder had no compression. He removed the powerhead and packaged it for a July 12th shipment to Blackbird Ind.On July 21st.,after many frustrating phone calls, [redacted] @ Blackbird said that an alignment pin had slipped out causing cylinder failure. He said he would ship it back to me July26th.I called on July 26th the motor was not ready yet, because they found water in the #3 and #4 cylinders, and they said they were going to send me a new block. On July 28th I called and Mike put me hold for 9 minutes 26 seconds. I called back three times. Finally Mike said [redacted] was not available today, call back tomorrow. I called on July 29 but [redacted] was not in. I called several more times, and was put on hold. On Aug.6 I received the powerhead. On Aug.9 my mechanic installed the motor back on the boat.Aug. 10 I went for a 20 min. ride and the motor lost power again,requiring that I get towed in again. My mechanic took the boat out of the water, removed and dismantled the carburetor,and found a piece of plastic clogging it.On Oct. 9 I went for a 15 min ride, and lost power, with a loud rapping sound. I had to be towed in by the harbormaster. On Nov. 14 my mechanic took the motor apart and found the # 1 cylinder badly damaged.Blackbird Industries advertises that these are remanufactured motors,but they are not. My motor had old spark plugs,and used oil in the lower unit.