This morning, my wife and I walked through a 2005 360 SS. This was our first time seeing this model up close. We liked everything about the layout, the interior
was very clean, and the a/c was working great. We could see ourselves cooking
, watching TV, sleeping, showering, and... yes... I even sat on the head
The exterior was a bit faded and dull. It needs some detailing but that's to be expected with an 11 year old boat.
Our scuba gear
(not the tanks) could easily be stowed behind the bench seat across the back of the bridge, between the back of the seat and the canopy.
The broker was supposed to provide maintenance
records from the owner. The only thing the owner was able to come up with was work done to one engine
back in 2013. The broker has had the boat about three months but didn't know that much about it. He didn't know exactly when the bottom was last painted, only that it needed it. (He also didn't know it had a backup camera
, central vac, or an automatic oil
Then I crawled down in the engine
compartment. The filters, strainers, belts, most hoses, and the water
pumps/impellers were all easy enough to get to.
However, the starboard shaft seal
has a very steady drip, about a drop every three or four seconds, so there is a puddle of water
in the bilge
. There was some surface rust on one propellor shaft but not the other. The through hull
fitting where the port rudder
shaft goes through had some water around it but the starboard rudder
shaft was dry. The generator
case was open and there was dampness at the base of it. The generator
ground strap and a couple of battery
terminals had some corrosion
. The fluids were all clean and none were where they shouldn't be.
And then there was the bottom. The boat is in the water but the water in the Clearwater, FL marina was reasonably clear. We could see about an inch build up of algae. Enough that it was waiving back and forth with the water movement. An inch? The broker said they have a diver clean the hull
once a month. An inch of algae in a month? To me, that seems like a lot. Is that a lot?
So... hauled and bottom painted, new shaft seals
, probably new zincs, the general condition of some of the components down below, and the lack of documented maintenance
made us back away from this particular boat but we loved the over all feel of it and will continue searching for an early to mid-2000s 360 SS.