Originally Posted by BoaterinDE
The seller states it needs a new starter.
How convenient. Now you can't verify if the engine runs.
You don't just want to hear it start. You want to take it out on the water and see it run. This is referred too as a Sea Trial. Make sure it can reach a max rpm for the engine. When done, make sure it's not puking water or oil. I'd drain some oil (not just check the dipstick) and make sure there is no water in the oil.
The old "It needs a starter" is an old ploy to sell a boat with a junk motor. I'm not saying that is what you're dealing with, but I'd make the seller prove otherwise. The harder he pushes back, the more suspicious I would be.