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Old 13-10-2013, 06:05   #1
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Used 80 foot power boats what to choose?

Used 80’ foot power boats – what to choose?
In Athens you can find a lot of used 80’ foots power boats for less that €200K.
If I was ten years younger I might have gone for a nice Lagoon catamaran and sailed around the world, but now I would like to relax in a nice bay in Croatia or Greece and watch the sunset. Maybe move less than 50 miles per week at low speed to save fuel. With such a boat you got plenty of space and can invite some friends down from Ice cold Norway to get the frostbite out of the body.
Maybe they even pay me so I can put on new bottom paint once every second year.
If I can get some help in choosing the right boat it would be very good.
I found three Versilcraft Challenger 80 from 1990 at €140K. They are made in fiberglass.
http://www.theyachtmarket.com/boats_for_sale/734869/?searchid=6356406&page=1

Custom Steel from 2001. 24 meters €190K
http://www.theyachtmarket.com/boats_for_sale/809824/?searchid=6356406&page=2

Custom Aluminum from 1984. 26 meters €110K.
http://www.theyachtmarket.com/boats_for_sale/734834/?searchid=6356406&page=1
The condition for the engines is normally very important, but I am planning to run them as little as possible.
Maybe even replace them with two new engines at 200 hp to save fuel.
Any thought and comment is highly apprisiated.
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Old 13-10-2013, 06:16   #2
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Re: Used 80 foot power boats what to choose?

It's fun to surf the internet and dream but run, don't walk.

I will guarantee an 80' boat for that price is a total cluster that will cost several times the purchase price to get in remotely usable condition.
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Old 13-10-2013, 06:59   #3
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Re: Used 80 foot power boats what to choose?

Yes, I think a good serval of the boat will be needed. But prices are low in Greece now.
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Old 14-10-2013, 07:29   #4
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There are so many things to consider. The flat bottom aluminum boat got only 1 meter of draft, but the Vericraft (GRP) got almost 2 meters of draft. I will mostly move around very slowly in sheltered water of Croatia, and with only on meter of draft I can get to places other might not, and have more options to anchor outside marinas but in protected water for a very low cost. With 2 meter of draft the boat might be more V shaped and also handle more sea. That might be good if I want to move between the islands of Greece. I like the look of the Varicraft better, but the aluminum boat will give me more spaze.
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Old 15-10-2013, 15:02   #5
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Custom steel looks nice and is 2001 that's what I would choose
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Old 16-10-2013, 00:40   #6
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It sure looks nice.
So was it the good look or that is was made of steel or the fact that it is only twelve years old that made you go for this one?
I hope we soon get some more pictures and information about the engines, and the layout of the rooms inside the boat.
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Old 16-10-2013, 00:47   #7
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Re: Used 80 foot power boats what to choose?

Check the winter mooring cost for this one - that could make you bankrupt
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Old 16-10-2013, 02:24   #8
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Yes I have checked in most of the Med and Hurgada in the Red Sea and the Canary Island.
Daly mooring cost is 70-200, but if you are going to live on the boat, there are plenty of places to anchor for a very low cost.
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I like the steel side but 12 years old helps means hopefully everything is a bit more up to date
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