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Buying a used boat in a couple months. Been checking CL for deals and I am getting nervous. The thought of buying something used only to have something go wrong scares me. Looking to keep it under $10k. I have seen a lot for sale by dealers, some offer warranties. Any thoughts on the best way to go about buying used? I am leaning towards something like a pro line cc or mako cc.

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Just do what I said in the other post - keep a close eye on what's being offered on CL for awhile. Go and look at some of the ones that are nearby even if you are not in a position to buy yet. As you go through this process - you will gain confidence. So when it's time to buy you will be way more comfortable than you are now. Someone who knows what to look for (mechanic) can tell you what type of shape the boat and especially engine are really in and you will just have to accept what they tell you and make your best decisions based on that information. Its better to not max out the $ you have with just the purchase. Look for and find that good deal by being very patient. Save yourself some $ so that if and when something goes wrong and has to be fixed (which something likely will) - you have the $ to put into it. A boat is a hole in the water into which you pour money - LOL

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Actually BOAT stands for Break Out Another Thousand.Honestly dealers will have a higher price typically and perhaps a better selection. A private seller will MAYBE have a thorn in his side that he now wants you to have, or it could be a real gem! Bring a reputable Marine technician with you on any purchase of water craft and it can literally save you thousands of dollars!! Warranties are not always what it's stacked up to be either.Go look at a bunch of boats, it only makes you smarter!

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I am in the same situation... similar budget, a little more, looking to get something to go offshore, but im ready now to buy now as soon as I see the right boat. I have also seen some without trailers and trying to estimate what a good trailer would cost me... Trouble with that is I would have to buy the boat then go hustle up a trailer...

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Thanks for the response guys. Sorry for starting another thread about the same issue. I don't know any marine mechanics, as this will be my first boat I have bought personally. My family has worked with one in the past, but he is pretty far away. Would you normally pay a mechanic to come out and look at a boat with you, or ask him to do it in return for future business? As far as the outboard... I know it is all about maintenance but is there a certain make/model/year I should be looking for, or staying away from?I saw somene last night charging $40 for an on the water test drive. Ever here of something like that before?

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Thanks for the response guys. Sorry for starting another thread about the same issue. I don't know any marine mechanics' date=' as this will be my first boat I have bought personally. My family has worked with one in the past, but he is pretty far away. Would you normally pay a mechanic to come out and look at a boat with you, or ask him to do it in return for future business? As far as the outboard... I know it is all about maintenance but is there a certain make/model/year I should be looking for, or staying away from?I saw somene last night charging $40 for an on the water test drive. Ever here of something like that before?[/quote']Check your PM

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I am in the same situation... similar budget' date=' a little more, looking to get something to go offshore, but im ready now to buy now as soon as I see the right boat. I have also seen some without trailers and trying to estimate what a good trailer would cost me... Trouble with that is I would have to buy the boat then go hustle up a trailer...[/quote']Check your PM

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If you find one you're really interested in, ask if you can take it and have it checked out. A water test before that is not a bad idea, though paying 40$ to do it would put me off unless it has to travel to be put in and was one of interest.

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I would pay a tech to come with me and water test cuz they are the pro and will be able to properly test out the vessel and look for things that most people would not think of. Paying an owner to water test is BS and he/she doesn't know what they are doing most likely... Do you have to pay a private seller to test drive a car? No. Proof of funds, copy of license, etc is more than ample...

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Just a thouht. find something you like with the powerhead already blown.then find out what a total rebuild will cost you.you can save tousands$$ you now know the history of the motor and have a warranty to boot. just a thought

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Austin you realize that friends dont let friends buy Johnsons. Me and Dave are not going to let that happen!

My '96 88hp Johnson SPL has not given me 1 problem since I bought the boat 10 months ago. maybe I was just really lucky - or maybe they really are "bulletproof" like so many say. I'll stress to both you guys looking for a boat - just stay patient and keep a close eye on the marketplace. The right boat for you will come along at the right price in this market - if you don't obsess about getting something right away.Decent trailers without a boat at a decent price are near impossible to find this time of year. They are much more obtainable from Nov-Feb though from what I am told. The best deal will be found as a complete pkg. Boat, motor and trailer all together that someone has and needs to sell because they need the money. That is where you will find your deal. Very Important! Don't even look at or consider any boat or trailer that does not already have a title in hand to go with it!

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For the amount you want to spend I agree that a few bucks for a marine specialist to check the boat and motor out is a good investment. A mechanic would be able to check the motor but you don't want to buy a boat with a good motor while not knowing the real condition of the boat. I've read way too many stories about waterlogged foam and rotted stringers.

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For the amount you want to spend I agree that a few bucks for a marine specialist to check the boat and motor out is a good investment. A mechanic would be able to check the motor but you don't want to buy a boat with a good motor while not knowing the real condition of the boat. I've read way too many stories about waterlogged foam and rotted stringers.

Not only is it a "good investment" - it is mandatory! Find someone who works on boats all the time and they will be able to check and test the motor for you and also help you make sure the hull is in good shape too. Back to the 2 musts before closing a deal I said in the other post.1. An on the water test drive with you driving before any negotiation or deal is made.2 A thorough inspection by a boat mechanic before any agreement is finalized or payment is made. If the person helping you look at the boat for problems can come on the test drive - all the better. $40 for a test drive is ridiculous. I can only assume they are trying to eliminate dealing with tire kickers. But they are also probably eliminating serious buyers as well. I would never pay for a test drive if I was serious about purchasing a boat.

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you got one of the good ones! My buddy Dave and I always have a running joke that If i boat is broke down somewhere its because it has a johnson. Even if its a flat trailor tire- blame it on the johnson lol

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$40.00 for a test drive isn't that bad!! If it's a 200 HP or more engine you can burn that much gas in a couple hours on a test run. You'll be running wide open a lot. Starting and stopping, etc to see how it starts up. If I bought the boat I would want the $ 40.00 taken off the sale price. Even a smaller engine like my 90 Horse could burn up 10-12 Gallons in an hour or two running at 5000 RPM's. Just my 2 cents.

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Just my two cents worth since I have owned boats since I was 16 years old and am now 53.Find a hull that works best for your type of fishing that is solid but the motor needs work or is shot,use that as a bargaining chip.before hand start calling all marine centers as far away as you are willing to drive and ask for pricing on last years model engines you will be surprised at the pricing you get with warranty.there is a separate charge for rigging that you need to be aware of,but some charge more for motor and less for rigging and vice versa,bottom line is you should have at least 5-10 quotes and make a detailed list out on each ones pricing.The way I see it the most important part of the whole deal is the motor.I know I'm going to open up a can of worms here but here goes:I would not spend 1 red cent on a motor unless it was 1.Yamaha 2:SuzukiThere I said it.

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By the way Mike yours is an exception because of the year,they stopped making them like that many moons ago.Eventually you will have a hard time finding parts.

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I have always been a Yami fan myself, the suzukis are nice but are expensive as hell due to parts and not good customer support.. The mercs are very good too, the older Johnson's are good (spl) but like evinrude they eat the gas quickly! I love the two stroke just for shear lower cost of maintenance and I like the power band of two strokes better...

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The biggest problem with a lot of boat owners is they are afraid to run the boat at full throttle... The engines are built to run at WOT all the time. When they are not run to the manufacturers RPM rating you are actually hurting it. Believe me, I have seen some bad things in engines due to lugging it around and staying under the cruising speed even.. It causes massive carbon build up which reflects in horrible MPG and rough running due to fouled plugs. A good tech will stomp the hell out of the boat and see how it performs. Or you have the owner run the engine for you from a hose, he should shift it into gear and floor the damn thing a few times not just rev it a little... Boats that don't get run hard and often end up costing a lot of money! Trust me...

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