Given comparable condition and equipment
, I would chose the bigger boat, hands down. The Atomic Four wouldn't bother me at all. Consider that 90% of boats on the water
around the world are gasoline powered. Very, very, few of them blow up. That boat's 42 years old and hasn't blown up yet, right?
blows boats up, too. And just about every cruiser out there has enough of it on board to blow up ten boats.
And gas tends to be cheaper than diesel, even if you do burn more of it. Get a fume detector if you're worried about it. Chances are, you carry gas in jugs anyway for your dink. With a little creative plumbing
you can get rid of the jugs. There's something to be said for the convenience and flexibility of both motors running the same fuel
Provided the Atomic is in good condition and running well, that is. They are easy to work on, parts
are still available, often from NAPA, and they make good power (30 hp). Exhaust
is cleaner, too. The EPA identifies 44 known carcinogenic compounds in diesel exhaust
. Think about that next time you're motoring down wind
Definitely harder to sell, though, due to the diesel preference most people have.
Check out Moyermarine.com. They have and know everything about them.
But....I'd offer the seller half that price
. In cash. In your pocket. No bargaining. Show it to them. If they say no, WALK AWAY and then wait for the call!
There are THOUSANDS of boats in that range for sale
. The season up there is on the wane. And it doesn't take many months of dockage and storage
to eat up the difference between asking price and offered price. Believe me, he doesn't want to own that boat for another season!