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Old 19-01-2014, 18:13   #16
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Re: up grade cost on used boats AND BARGINS

Originally Posted by rancher44 View Post
I know the prices were high and I just wanted to post what I found . Naturally I would shop hard for good deals but I wanted a "cold " bid on what things would cost . I would never assume I could buy a boat and get every thing for half of what this bid was .
the bottom job was real as the boat was hauled and the estimate was made .
Their are many new boat buyers out there that look at bargins on line and figure what it would take to get the boat upgraded. they buy the boat and then are astonished when there estimate was half of real cost.

Who knows what is next.
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Old 19-01-2014, 18:22   #17
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Re: up grade cost on used boats AND BARGINS

It's the installation of the bits and pieces that gets you. It's a little like on the weekend a guy was telling me he got a new engine for his plane. The peanut gallery always say, "just rebuild the engine, it's only $20k" but then to actually have the mechanic remove and fit it might cost an additional $6k - $8k.

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Old 23-01-2014, 16:17   #18
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Re: up grade cost on used boats AND BARGINS

I think many people think they can do the work themselves and so save money because the labour is "heavily discounted" lol

But what bites them in the bum is all the jobs they can't do which they under-estimate, engines maybe, at least the cost of parts when you have it out and see the full extent of the work required.
Whatever is outside your skill set is going to cost - full price !

Invariably what brings you undone is the stuff you can't see, the fractured glass that appears when the paint comes off, the broken structural bulkhead you find after removing a cupboard. Ka ching ka ching ka ching, the price has doubled.

Only those with very broad boat related skills, an extensive mates network, reserves of cash, patience and foresight to buy wisely and time on there hands can make it work.
And those folk are pretty thin on the ground.
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Old 23-01-2014, 19:41   #19
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Re: up grade cost on used boats AND BARGINS

3 years and 3 times the original guestimate in, and I can assure you - the most expensive boat you can buy is a cheap boat! That said, I know every square centimetre of Sea Raven intimately, EVERY line, wire, hose and system on the boat has been replaced. The engine work I new was out of my pay grade, so I went to a mechanic who at least let me do a chunk of the grunt work myself, still cost twice the estimate - due to an amateur install by the previous owners. Add new sails and everything inside that makes it home, plus tools, and I could have bought a MUCH newer cat and been enoying myself more already... but can't turn back the clock now!
on the flip side, the last survey had her valued a little over what we have in, and that was without and finish work or plumbing - and I'm off the dock already instead of saving for a "finished" boat

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