well last fall me and my cousin were fishing and a storm came up. we fired up the motor and took off to the marina. motor started slowing down and loosing speed. i watched the gas guage. looked ok. then it just kept slowing. i put it in neutral. it died. the motor started smoking and was real hot. discolored paint on head. we used trolling motor to get to safety. barley,lol. so i get it home. hit key and it sounded weird. my neighbor is a mechanic. he put a compression test on the plug hole. 33%. we took off head. there was a burnt spot in gasket between cylinders. its a 89 2 cylinder force 50hp. so we to just test put some good gasket sealer on gasket he had and put it back togather. hit key and pop fired up immed and seemed to sound fine but i shut if off 3-4 seconds later to keep from anymore damage from heat. he looked at inside of cylinders as did his brother who works at an equiptment center working on small motors. crosshatch looked good and no piston damage no damage from pistons on cyl walls. nothing was black or burnt looking except for head paint on outside. now i need a gasket and the new impellor i put in in the spring obviously needs replaced along with housing and wear plate. must have lost suction. i should have put housing and plate on last year. i thought i was getting it all but when it came just impellor. thought it would last another year. so my Q is anything on an outboard i should watch or lookfor after an overheat? any things i should check before fixing it? since it started right up i would think it will be ok but im not the expert. just want to be safe in getting it back on the water without doing more damage if theres some things to check first. thanks in advance. keeping my fingers crossed. i know its hard to diagnose and know all the ticks without seeing. they both seemed to think i got lucky with only a blown gasket. and it sounded ok up to when it died. no pops or bangs or clicks and it didnt seaze. just thought i would ask if theres anything special i might want to check over that may be important.