Nick, as others have said, IMHO, it might be a fuel issue. I would guess that Cheez/Jay let this boat sit for a long time with only a partially-filled tank and that he didn't pour fuel conditioner into the tank. The worst thing to do is to have a not full gas tank. That just allows a lot of condensation inside the tank and the ethanol gas exacerbates the water/fuel problem. Also, if it's sat for long, the ethanol can even deteriorate fuel lines and and other components and this crud can clog the lines. You might wanna read this: http://www.iboats.com/basics/ethanol_fuels.html I'd get rid of the old fuel, clean the fuel system as best you can and then enjoy your new vessel!