any ideas how many hours on the engine
gas engines tend to wear out faster than auto engines... they are worked pretty hard. If the engine
runs, check the oil
filler for blow by/pressure with the cap off. Best thing is to get a compression
Outdrive work is expensive, not sure how you tell the condition of the OD without testing the boat though.
Typical issues with most smaller powerboats are rotten stringers (many companies use wood and lay glass over that)
The transoms often get rotten core
. Many companies use balsa core
, then cut the hole for the outdrive after the hull is laid up. They then install the outdrive without enough care taken to seal the core. Eventually water gets in the core. Rebuilding a transom is expensive and will likely require removing the outdrive to do it. Screw holes from depthsounder brackets or swim step brackets also can be where the transom core gets waterlogged.
Also beware of "ran great last year" statements. I've had sellers tell me the engine was rebuilt, but when I ask them face to face get things like "well, the previous owner said the guy he bought it from rebuilt it"
I think the Carver's are pretty well liked, but you need to do your home work or have it surveyed. The market is loaded with older druisers like that, so it's def a buyers market...