<font color='#000000'>Of most importance are the mechnics of the reel, check to see that the free spool is in working condition, that the handle can be freely rotated resulting in the spool revolving and check for any unusual noises originating from the reel. You should check for signs of corrosion around the foot that attcahes the reel to the rod and check that all of the spool float and tension caps are in place on both ends and that they are free moving and in servicable order.
Obviuosly you should try and match the size of the reel to the type of boat fishing that you are going to do. Line capacity should also be a deciding factor. Hope this helps.</font>