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Old 25-08-2017, 08:21   #61
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Re: Ok to buy older boats?

Yes, this advice is good, but prior starting to outfit or sailing comes buying.

Ok to buy older boats?

is the question, and the answer is: it depends.

First of all you should make a good deal.
Then the answer may tend to yes

Btw, the outfit and refit mayhem does not only apply to older boats, there are people out there that rip brand new boats apart to upgrade them before using.



But I agree, older invite more to do so - and for many people this is the reason to buy an old one - they love refitting and need a project / challenge.
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Old 25-08-2017, 08:56   #62
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Re: Ok to buy older boats?

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Yes, this advice is good, but prior starting to outfit or sailing comes buying.

Ok to buy older boats?

is the question, and the answer is: it depends.
It appeared the thread had evolved passed the original question into the normal refit issues folks love to talk about.

This since it's well known that it's okay to buy a good old boat ........that's in good shape.

My point was that you usually don't need to do a refit the first few years unless the boat is a project boat which isn't a good deal even if it's given to you in many cases.

Just playing around with my $2,000 boat I have so far spent maybe $8,500 and have yet to replace any thruhulls, rigging, stanchions, etc

The dodger will need to be replaced soon though which may cost as much as the boat did
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Old 28-08-2017, 18:43   #63
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Re: Ok to buy older boats?

I bought a 1998 Sealine 420 Statesman with 370HP Cummins 6BTAs about 3 years ago. I believe that buying about a 15 year old boat means that it was likely run and not maintained.
Buying an older boat probably means repairs and upgrades were done like I did for a few years.
Get good surveyors by recommendations of people you know. Get the manufacturer engine specs and ask the owner to run full throttle as per the specs, usually an hour. If they don't, offer less money unless they priced a bad or worn engine or two.
Consider buying a boat with bad engines for a low price and repower, so you know the engines are good.
I'd rather have a boat with a good finish and replace engines.
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