Ok, first off, this is my first boat with anything other than paddles or a trolling motor, so yall be easy on me! I got a 1987 Lowe, 17 footer, 75 Johnson SeaHorse outboard (I think the motor is an 84' model). Boat ran like a sewing machine when I bought it, but the last trip out I had a whole slew of problems with it, and don't know where to start, thought maybe you guys could help me out a little. 1. Won't shift into reverse. Goes forward just fine, but it does nothing but chatter and rattle when I try to shift into reverse. Loose cable maybe? What should I look for? 2. Tilt/trim. Motor will tilt up, but won't go down. It's got two switches, one on the bow by the trolling motor, and one on the steering console. I don't think it's a switch problem, because both switches will raise the engine, but neither will lower it. Once again, I have no idea where to even start on that one. 3. Bilge Pump. Works intermittently. I'm thinking maybe the hose is just clogged. The pump will turn on after you cuss it a little bit, but instead of shooting water out like normal, it just kinda dribbles out the side. I replaced some of the wire on it already, thinking maybe I didn't get a real good connection either. Maybe a bad pump too. Suggestions? 4. Livewell overflows if you turn areator on. Another clogged line maybe? 5. Baitwell won't fill up. ......? 6. Engine bad about flooding. I'm guessing bad plugs? 7. Battery won't hold a charge very well. The battery isn't much over a year old, still in good shape, but just flat out died while we were trolling. Never done that before, and we were only trolling for about an hour, where normaly we can troll for a few hours and still have everything fire up just fine. It's a single 12 volt battery, maybe I should figure out how to wire another one in? Or just think I need a new one? 8.. When I try to throttle up to run from one spot to enother across open water, it kinda seems like the prop will catch, then all the sudden lose "traction" and spin for awhile, then catch again after I plane out some. Like I said, when I bought it, and the first few times I took it out I didn't have this problem, and I havn't changed the way I operate it since, but this thing keeps happening. The prop is a little dinged up here and there but nothing horrible, and everything seems tight on it. Maybe related to the tilt/trim thing? Any help would be greatly appreciated yall. It seems like one thing after another is happening with this boat, when I think I got one thing fixed, something else happens, then the thing I just fixed comes back to haunt me again, in fact it stranded me on Beaver Lake in Arkansas this past weekend, had to paddle for about four hours before we got lucky and another boat came by and towed us to a Marina where we could get a ride back to the truck. It was embarrassing to say the least. I don't want to find myself in that situation again. The guys were nice and understanding that helped us out, but I know they had better things to do than haul us around at night. Thanks again in advance guys.