I found what looked like a really good deal on a 1998 Air Nautique...$15,000. After i took it for a test drive, it had a few issues though. Is it normal for it to steer to one side if you let the steering wheel go? The wheel will turn to the left and progressively turn faster unless you stop it. I realize that there may be some natural pulling to one side because of engine torque but it didn't seem quite right.
The biggest problem with the boat was that the seller was EXTREMELY hesitant to tell me that the block had frozen last winter and that it had a new bottom end. I noticed all the gaskets were new and asked him about it several times over a 45 minute period and he kept on saying that the boat hadn't had any work done on it. I specifically asked him if there was any reason that there would be new manifold, head, and water pump gaskets and he told me "no". I asked him if he had detailed the motor and he said that the reason it was so clean is that it had never leaked. I finally told him that I was very interested in the boat but that it was very suspicious that the gaskets were all brand new even though it hadn't had any work done to it. At this point the guy tells me about the new bottom end.
The only reason I haven't bought the thing is because i'm VERY nervous that there are other issues that this guy hasn't told me about.
Anyways, i was just wanting to share my story and hope that some people with more experience than me might throw in some advice.