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Old     (DirtyMikeandtheBoys)      Join Date: Aug 2020 Location: Dęblin Send a message via ICQ to DirtyMikeandtheBoys       08-28-2020, 2:26 PM Reply   
Long time caller, first time listener... or something like that.

Anyway, I am looking to purchase my first boat. Iíve been around boats and wakeboarding/surfing through friends pretty much all my life. My family wasnít all that interested/ financially capable growing up, but now Iím in a position where I can buy for my own little family.

Iím looking an solid surf boat in the $30k - 40k range. Iíve narrowed it down based on many hours spent reading other posts on here. My biggest question at this point though is how many hours is too many?

Assuming the maintenance has been done properly on all the boats equally, what are everyoneís thought on how many is too many to actually consider buying the boat?

Thanks for the help. Seems like a lot of great people on here.
Old     (Shawn)      Join Date: Aug 2011       08-28-2020, 5:35 PM Reply   
IMO hours are just on part of the equation. A high hour boat that has been regularly ridden, properly maintained and stored indoors can easily be a better buy than a low hours boat that has been just sitting for seasons on end deteriorating on the side of the house.
Old     (onlyinboards)      Join Date: Oct 2014       08-29-2020, 1:09 AM Reply   
I agree with what Shawn says above. However I always consider resale. The boats seem to lose much higher value after 600 hrs and it seems to grow exponentially at 800 - 1000. If you are going to keep the boat for years and years, then it's not as big of a deal.
Old     (hal2814)      Join Date: Feb 2006       08-29-2020, 2:38 PM Reply   
Resale is a factor but otherwise i think engine hours is a really overblown worry. Engines are very very available and not terribly expensive. I can still easily get a 351w marine long block and they haven’t used those in over 15 years now. Have you tried to find a windshield on a boat that old? And vinyl skins for the interior can be just as expensive as an engine. At worst case I’ll just offer less for a boat with high hours.
Old     (DirtyMikeandtheBoys)      Join Date: Aug 2020 Location: Dęblin Send a message via ICQ to DirtyMikeandtheBoys       08-30-2020, 3:59 AM Reply   
I appreciate the help. It definitely is only one part of the equation. I’m just not familiar with the longevity of these motors. I’m not sure 800+ hours is pushing the end of its life or if they will go to 1500 hours+. I have found a couple 05-07 wakesetter LSV’s or VLX’s that are over 800 hours but I really don’t want to buy a boat that will most likely need a new motor in 2 years or possibly sooner.
Old     (ottog1979)      Join Date: Apr 2007       08-30-2020, 4:30 PM Reply   
So, supporting hal2814's comment, I own a 2002 Sanger V210 with Mercruiser 350 engine I bought used 15 years ago with 450 hours on it. Now has 1130 hours and still running like a champ. I'm not likely to buy another boat so I'll be taking this one to 1700+ or whatever. I do all my own maintenance and keep the boat up very well. People can't believe there's 1100 hours on the boat (hey, I like to use it). I wouldn't let hours hold you back unless you're definately planning to re- sell in a couple years. With attentive, good maintenance, motors will last a couple thousand hours.

Last edited by ottog1979; 08-30-2020 at 4:35 PM.
Old     (rexlex01)      Join Date: Mar 2010       08-30-2020, 4:59 PM Reply   
Buy the 900 hour boat that was babied and pass on the 300 hour boat that was neglected
Old     (DirtyMikeandtheBoys)      Join Date: Aug 2020 Location: Dęblin Send a message via ICQ to DirtyMikeandtheBoys       08-31-2020, 2:16 AM Reply   
I’m looking at an 07 Tige RZ2 right now. It looks clean overall. The driveshaft seal and water pump both leak, any idea what the cost would be to fix those?
Old     (hal2814)      Join Date: Feb 2006       08-31-2020, 2:22 AM Reply   
I’d call your local Tige dealer and ask. The water pump isn’t a big deal. The driveshaft leaking isn’t either but it’s a pain to get to.
Old     (DirtyMikeandtheBoys)      Join Date: Aug 2020 Location: Dęblin Send a message via ICQ to DirtyMikeandtheBoys       08-31-2020, 2:02 PM Reply   
What is everyone’s opinion between a 07 tige rz2 and an Axis a22? Both have just over 400 hours and seem to be in solid conditions Axis is about $8k more. Not sure if the extra price on the axis is worth it.
Old     (hal2814)      Join Date: Feb 2006       09-01-2020, 2:46 AM Reply   
If you’re primarily a wakeboarder, the A22 all day. If you value a nice interior over having the best wake, the RZ2. Anything else is kind of a toss up. The rz2 will probably surf better but it depends on what year A22 you’re comparing it to. And even then that’s largely a matter of opinion.
Old     (mike2001)      Join Date: Feb 2008       09-01-2020, 7:42 AM Reply   
More hours on the boat = more likely there was a soup kitchen on it

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