If your mechanicly capable at all do it your self. Buy a mech. repair manual on evenrude eng.for your year usualy a five year span maybe six and just read what to do. your eng. is a toy compared to the newer engines usualy the timing is set and replacing some parts is mostly all they need . trust me you'll be glad to get the practice it will save you a lot of money now and later as you learn more .a good mech. is a great thing to have when you need him but not all mech. are trust worthy and knowing alittle your self is a very very good thing to know.Especialy if you have trouble when your out with your family and brake down it may just be a louse cable conection (a lot of times it is)best of luck and try it your self just to learn a little mor about yuor boat.that can be fun to.