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Old 11-03-2006, 04:38 PM
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from someone who has been around boats all thier lives and had everything from 10ft avons to 45 ft tollycrafts..

Spend an afternoon searching thru the boat. Make sure none of the hoses are hard and cracked.

Inspect electrical connections for proper type and no corrosion. I see all tooo many boats with thoes little butt crimp connectors when they should be sealed.

Check all hose clamps for rust or corrosion.

I would do a compression check on the motor and possibly a leak down test.

As stated before check for any signs of rot or softness in any of the structural components.

Drain the outdrive gear oil and look for signs of water (be sure to pump new oil into it)

Pull a sample of engine oil and look for signs of damage or water.

The value could easily range from scrap to 8k depending on the condition of all systems.

We just picked up a 20ft clear water for our trailerable boat. May look for bigger in the spring or pick up a katrina boat to rebuild.

Also a note on the hull numbers. The last 2 digits should be your year.
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Old 11-03-2006, 04:50 PM
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Ya if the oil is milky, you got trouble. Any seller could go out of their way to hide defects--like changing the oil. I would test drive any boat before buying. Then you can check the oil. While its running you can check for water coming out of the engine/manifold. Hairline cracks are hard to see. Cracks in the block internally are found by checking the oil. Make sure and check the instruments for overheating. Listen for knocking sounds in the engine.
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Old 11-03-2006, 07:29 PM
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How about a marine survey... kinda like a home inspection service for boats?
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Old 11-03-2006, 09:26 PM
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All good points. The guy that owns it is a friend, so I have atleast a little trust with him. A marine survey is a good idea and I have looked into it. Kind of pricey, but would be well worth it in the end if a get real serious about the boat.
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Old 11-10-2006, 08:08 PM
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All good points. The guy that owns it is a friend, so I have atleast a little trust with him. A marine survey is a good idea and I have looked into it. Kind of pricey, but would be well worth it in the end if a get real serious about the boat.

A survey is CHEAP insurance against buying a lemon or something thats not structurally sound. At least take it to a nuetral marine shop and pay them 100 bucks to look it over.
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Old 11-10-2006, 09:05 PM
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A survey is very cheap insurance. I just don't know how serious I am about the boat. I think I might pass on it, but it is still in the back of my mind.
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Old 11-10-2006, 09:59 PM
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That is almost too much boat for a little 305 V-8.... If it runs and doesn't have any pressing issues, for 3500$ investment, just get it if it is what you want. No need to make a big fuss out of it, it is not like your buying a 1,000,000$ boat to cross the atlantic in!
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Old 11-11-2006, 07:39 PM
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Haha... if I was buying a $1,000,000 boat I wouldn't be worried about anything.
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Old 11-12-2006, 11:06 PM
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hey i've been around boats all my life too, and my thought is, that 'life's to short for an ugly boat'.
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:40 PM
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OK, so is this boat ugly? This is the boat I currently have. It is a 2004 Sylvan Sea Snapper 16' with a 30 HP Yamaha. I love the boat. It has like 35 hours on it. It is so easy to use and easy to take care of. Cheap to maintain as well. It is just too small for me. I can only fit about 4 people in there at best. Trying to fish from it is a PITA. With the right side colsole, the boat lists to the right like crazy with one person in there, even with my 155 lbs. I have to use sandbags on the other side to even it out lol! Now that I have a bigger truck, you have to get a bigger boat, right? Even if I got another boat, I would probably keep this one as well. It is good for small lakes and little coves. Plus my dad owns 60% of it, so you know how that goes!
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