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Old     (typhoon)      Join Date: Jul 2001       02-21-2009, 9:27 AM Reply   
i believe it is and hard hours but...opinions?
Old     (wakemikey)      Join Date: Mar 2008       02-21-2009, 10:50 AM Reply   
no most people say anything under 1200 or so is a baby. I'm no expert though. Bought my first at 600, now 700.
Old     (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       02-21-2009, 11:54 AM Reply   
Heck, that's nothin'.
I'd rather that in a five year old boat than 50 hours.
Old     (liljohn)      Join Date: May 2007       02-21-2009, 12:23 PM Reply   
look at the condition of the boat. I would take a boat that was taken care of with 600 hrs no problem. the queshtion is how was it taken care of? Personaly I do 200+- a season but I change all the fluids every 50 hrs, the plugs and impeller once a season. I also clean it after every outing which keeps it in good shape.
Old     (razzman)      Join Date: Dec 2006       02-21-2009, 4:47 PM Reply   
600 is nothin. I know a number of people that have bought boats over 600 no problem.
Old     (guido)      Join Date: Jul 2002       02-22-2009, 12:00 PM Reply   
I sold my boat with 450 and it looked/ran like it was brand new.

10 hours is a lot if the boat isn't maintained right.
Old     (wackbag)      Join Date: Feb 2009       02-27-2009, 1:03 PM Reply   
My old MC 205 had 2200 hours when I sold it, and I recently bumped into the new owner and he has put on 200 hours since with still no major issues. 600 hours is nothing to me.

If the boat looks well taken care of I'd say they most likely took care of the motor too.
Old     (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       02-27-2009, 1:20 PM Reply   
barely broken in
Old     (snowboardcorey)      Join Date: Jan 2004       02-27-2009, 1:25 PM Reply   
600 hours is nothing based on decent maintenence.

Check everything out usually you can tell if a motor has been overheated (blistered paint, scorched exhaust, etc.) You can also tell if the frost plugs have been replaced. Here in Mn I check to make sure there are no rust lines running anywhere, thats usually a tip that something cracked and is/was leaking water.
Old     (bobbyb)      Join Date: Sep 2002       02-27-2009, 2:03 PM Reply   
When would you guys replace manifolds on these motors? hours/ years?
Old     (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       02-27-2009, 2:19 PM Reply   
exhaust manifolds/risers? Never, unless they weren't drained for winter and have cracked. Carbon buildup can be an issue, but it takes a whole lot of hours...
Old     (typhoon)      Join Date: Jul 2001       02-27-2009, 2:30 PM Reply   
rebuilt engines are pretty inexpensive compared to new also...
Old     (priszkid)      Join Date: Aug 2007       02-27-2009, 2:35 PM Reply   
i bought mine with 633 on it, basic maintenance and still runnin strong with no issues. 3rd owner. fwiw
Old     (trdon)      Join Date: Sep 2007       02-27-2009, 4:32 PM Reply   
I wouldnt second guess a boat that was 10 years or less old unless it had more than 1000. Even then I would just be skeptical and cautious, but would by no means rule it out.
Old     (polkaking27)      Join Date: Feb 2005       03-05-2009, 9:08 AM Reply   
Sorry to bring this thread back up, but I got a question to add.

How about 1500 hours. The computer read out says that 950 of them were at idle and 450 were at high rpm. This leads me to believe that there was alot of radio listening at idle (must have a weak battery) What do you guys think. Oh and it is a 2004.
Old     (psudy)      Join Date: Dec 2003       03-05-2009, 10:00 AM Reply   
If resale matters to you then take this into consideration.
If you buy a boat with 600 hrs and put another 300 on it, will anyone want to buy it should you want to get rid of it? I know this is very subjective, but for a lot of people 900hours is a lot, and they won't be willing to give you a decent price for it. Now if you plan on keeping the boat and resale isn't an issue, this is a mute point.
Old     (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       03-05-2009, 1:06 PM Reply   
I kind of think of a boat with 2000 hours to be roughly equivalent to 100,000 miles on a car, in other words a high mileage car/boat. Sure there could be lots of life left with proper maintenance, but anything that brings you closer to or above that mark is going to bring the value down. Others may have different thresholds, but 600 hours is nothing.

Cody - 1500 hours seems on the high side to me, but nothing crazy high. Even if most are at idle, that means that boat was well used even if most of the use wasn't working the drive train much, most of the other components (seats, electronics, etc.) were getting a work out. I wouldn't necessarily run from it with that many hours, but I would want to see a serious discount.
Old     (salty87)      Join Date: Jul 2002       03-05-2009, 1:12 PM Reply   
1500 hours with that much idling sounds like a school or wake camp or something
Old     (psudy)      Join Date: Dec 2003       03-05-2009, 1:14 PM Reply   
I just got out of the market for a boat. I didn't see to many with over 700hrs on them. The ones that had 600+ are still there, and I have been looking since Sept. Provided, this is a down market though.
Old     (bstroop)      Join Date: Apr 2005       03-05-2009, 1:16 PM Reply   
For comparison my suburban has 80,000 miles on it and the hour meter reads a little over 2000. It still doesn't burn a drop of oil.
Old     (roverjohn)      Join Date: Dec 2007       03-05-2009, 1:17 PM Reply   
My boat has 1800 on it and it's still going strong. It's all about how well it's been cared for and how lucky you are that the boat was built on a day when everyone was awake. Unfortunately even the best records can be faked so everything is suspect unless you somehow know the boat. 1500 is going to scare most buyers off no matter what the boat looks like so I would guess a discount of at least 33% over a boat with 500 hours everything else being equal which is unlikely because, well, one boat has a 1000 more hours. The good news is the guy is honest enough to not change the hour meter which would be a very good sign to me.
Old     (polkaking27)      Join Date: Feb 2005       03-05-2009, 2:26 PM Reply   
I haven't looked at the boat yet, but i'd like to. I'll definitely observe the boat in detail considering the hours. A compression check is definitely in store as well. Thanks for all the comments so far.


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