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fester posted 03-24-2001 10:52 PM ET (US)   Profile for fester   Send Email to fester  
In light of the fact that the transom on my 1969 16 foot whaler is in poor condition (see post below), I have decided to try to purchase a larger whaler. I found a 1980 20 foot Outrage with a 1997 175 horsepower Saltwater Series Yamaha outboard. The hull is in fairly good condition for its age but does have a few dings that appear to have been competently patched. The boat has a glossy type of bottom paint on it. The center counsel and seats are in fair condition but will need some work in the near future. One concern that I have if you look on the top of the transom on both sides of the motor there are small cracks. The cracks are about 3 to 4 inches long. The broker who is selling the boat told me that these cracks are normal for whalers and that he has seen the same thing on a lot of whalers. When I grab the motor and move it up and down forcefully, I am unable to detect any movement in the transom of the cracks. The boat also has a 1994 dual axle trailer that is in fairly good condition. The boat is listed for $12,000 but I think I can get it for about $11,250. I was thinking about making an offer on the boat tomorrow conditioned upon having the motor checked by a mechanic and the hull checked by a local boat yard. What do you guys think? Is this a fair price? Do you have any suggestions as to what I should look for in evaluating this boat? Is the 1980 model a good boat or should I look for a later year? I have heard there were some problems with the early 1980's Outrage 20 footers porpousing at high speeds. Is this something I should be concerned about?

Thanks for your help.

Jeff

dscew posted 03-25-2001 12:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
I'm certainly not a transom expert, but I would be concerned about cracks in the gel/glass anywhere around where the motor is hanging; my opinion is that they are caused by stress from flexing, possibly from the motor bouncing up and down while trailering. Be careful. You already have one boat that has transom trouble. You don't want two! Just my opinion...
OutrageMan posted 03-25-2001 12:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
In my experience, transom cracks are not normal. I just paid through the nose to get the ones on my whaler drive fixed that were caused by my kicker.

Run away from this boat!

dfmcintyre posted 03-25-2001 09:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
I dunno...

Before I would run away, I'd hire an experienced marine surveyer and have them take a look at the hull.

Don

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