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Old    Darin Gritters (darinmg)      Join Date: Jul 2006       08-14-2006, 1:01 PM Reply   
I remember seeing a post or a site that had a great check list for things to look for when buying a used boat. I want to do a very thorough inspection and test drive, but I can't seem to find that post. If anyone knows what I am looking for, or can point me in the right direction, I appreciate the help.
Old    Ryan (bremsen)      Join Date: Aug 2005       08-14-2006, 9:41 PM Reply   
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Old    Rich (rich_g)      Join Date: May 2003       08-15-2006, 11:48 AM Reply   
Ryan, that link wouldn't open for me. I have made up a basic checklist, but without being a mechanic, can't exactly diagnose potential engine or tranny problems.

I looked at a boat last week that had some serious problems. I knew it was going to be a project boat but it was in worse shape than I thought. The boat had been neglected for some time, the guy took it out and ran it one time this summer and said it ran great, then had it at a dealer to get some work done so he could sell it. They did a compression test, and found out the block was cracked from freeze damage.

My question - would this have showed up on a test ride? If you're looking at a long-distance boat purchase, and the boat runs great, looks great, and its obvious the owner has cared for it, is that good enough? It could be a logistical issue to travel on a weekend to look at a boat, decide on it, and have it checked out. Maybe two trips are in order.


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