Thank you for all your replies.
To confirm some of the responses, it is an aluminum built.
GordMay, I have checked your links. The one for the Chieftain 25 in Orilia, I would stay away from. First there is not much information as to what shape it's in or the condition of the engine
. Next, if this is actually a Chieftain, unless I am mistaken there should be a cabin
and with windshield similar to the one in my picture but a little longer. So if I am correct, the cabin
has been ripped off. This is not what I am looking for at all. Your second link I have went there already. The third one, price
is US. I live up in northern Ontario
. It is also older that the one I am looking at (I think)
As for riveted aluminum boat construction, my dad had one from 1960 to 1987 (when he sold it with the camp we had). I have never seen any problems with it. Of course we did not have the rough large open waters like the great lakes
. All we had was the rough waters of the French River.
The trailer has ownership
papers, but I am not sure about the boat. This is something I would make sure of before the deal is finalized.
The trailer is probably worth more that the boat. It is as you can see a tandem axle, heavy steel
construction and it has a 6000# capacity, with a hydraulic tongue actuated brake system. Its called and "EZLoader" Since the boat probably weighs only about 2000#(according to GordMay's second link), the trailer is more than what that boat needs. I do relies that even thou the tire treads looks good, the side walls are starting to crack and would need replacement. And since it has been sitting outside for the past 6 to 10 years, the breaks would probably need to be worked on.
In summary, the aluminum boat construction dose not worry me too much as rivets can be changed. I am also not the guy that would go out in stormy rough weather
unless I had no choice, and in such case I would not beat the s--t out of it by ramming full speed into waves just to get home quicker. I would prefer to go anchor
close to shore and let the storm pass. The motor I would get a complete rebuilt done on it which might indeed be more that $3000, but it is still cheaper that the $12,000 plus for a new one.
The real deciding factor in buying
of not buying is whether or not I am ready to spend the next 5 years stripping the "rotting" carpet covered wood in the rear section, and rebuilding it from the floor up. Inside the cabin might be salvageable, unless I want to change the layout.