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Old     (rexlex01)      Join Date: Mar 2010       08-12-2011, 12:09 PM Reply   
Would this be worth repairing?
What would you offer?

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/19...tique-99051124
Old     (nitrousbird)      Join Date: Sep 2008       08-13-2011, 6:05 AM Reply   
That boat is going to cost a pretty penny to get straightened out. Motor is obviously trashed, tranny is probably shot too. Interior probably needs a couple thousand in it to be sorted out.

In the end, what would a boat like this in good condition be worth? I'd say around 12k, being a carbed, direct drive boat.

My guess is this has a salvage title too, which will lower the value even after it has been restored. My guess is a repair cost of 6k if you do all but the interior work yourself. If you paid full price, you would be better off buying a non-damaged one. At 1-2k for the boat, you would likely break even or come out a little ahead come resale time.
Old     (cadunkle)      Join Date: Jul 2009 Location: NJ       08-13-2011, 10:02 AM Reply   
I would check the stirngers and bottom of the hull for heat/fire damage. They might be fine since heat rises, but if it was a big fuel leak and the bilge had fuel on fir ein there, could be structural issues. Probably fine though, and if it is, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this boat if it's what you're looking for. Cab motors are simple and reliable, no complicated wiring so you could probably patch up the harness is you're handy with electrical. You can build a 351w for around $1000 on a budget, up to $3000 depending on what kind of power you want from it.

$4900 isn't crazy, but I'd try to get it for $3500. If the hull is fine, you might be looking at $3000-$4000 to get it going again and get some of that upholstery fixed, assuming you can do most of this work yourself and the marine parts are mostly intact. If you have to pay someone to do the engine and wiring for you, forget about it... It would be cheaper to buy one that's in decent running condition.

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