I am something of a newbie to evilbay. I never heard of gavelsnipe, I will have to look into it. The engine went for something like $452 plus shipping. The pictures looked great but being used and without testing and no warranty it seemed like too much for me.
I did however win a 1666e with whistle tender as something of a consolation prize. I've never had one so I am looking forward to it, and of course I'll post some pictures once it arrives.
Yes, that sounds like a little too much for me as well. Patience will bring you something better.