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ducman851 posted 05-05-2008 03:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for ducman851   Send Email to ducman851  
I am talking to a broker about a 1991, 22 outrage with a t-top, bait preparation area, leaning post, bench seat. This boat has twin 1993 yamaha 150s on a whaler bracket with hydraulic steering. One motor is rebuild recently with a new head and the other motor has 700 hrs on it but checks out ok per the broker. I live in North Carolina and am unable to get down to see this boat but have contacted a marine surveyor regarding checking the boat over. If purchased, I would need to buy a trailer, have it set up for the boat and then have it transported to NC. I really like the way this boat looks but am a little afraid of it sight unseen. I also worry about the motors on it as it probably should be repowered. Does anyone have any experience in a similar situation buying a boat long distance sight unseen? The boat looks good from the digital pictures and the asking price is $17,000. Anyone have an idea of what a reasonable offer might be? I am factoring in the cost of a trailer, cost of survey and transport. What about those motors? Any help would be appreciated!
MaxHP posted 05-05-2008 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for MaxHP  Send Email to MaxHP     
Sounds expensive and risky to me. A repower would be $12K-$15K. A good trailer would be $3K-$4K. So, with a trailer and repower you would be looking at about $30K. Does not make sense to me. And your fuel economy is not going to be very good with those old motors. But 300 HP on a 22? That boat would be fast.
contender posted 05-05-2008 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
I agree to many other boats out there to pick from its a buyer market, I would look some more, and do not be afraid to offer a lot less than the asking price. People want to get rid of their boats they an not afford the fuel...good luck to you.
jeffs22outrage posted 05-05-2008 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
I am not sure were the whaler is located you are looking at but you could have a look at this map and if there is someone close to it contact them and they should be willing to put their eyes over it for you.

http://www.whalercentral.com/viewpage.php?page_id=134

http://www.whalercentral.com/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id=2& thread_id=1579

Here is a survey document I put together that you can use as a go by for either having someone else look at the boat or use the questions to ask the broker.
http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download& ufid=543C00A70EFFE9D2

Buying a boat sight unseen is one of the most nerve racking purchases to make. Fortunately the one my father made with a 22 Guardian from GSA worked out OK. We already did not have high hopes for the condition but we were most concerned with the twin Merc 150's and whether they would run. They did with a little work.

Never trust smaller digital pictures on the internet or though email. They hide a lot of sins that you will not find out about until you see the boat in person.

Tohsgib posted 05-06-2008 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
If looing to repower...wrong boat. Why repower her though? Those engines are bulletproof and probably have another 10 years left in them.
ducman851 posted 05-06-2008 07:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for ducman851  Send Email to ducman851     

Thanks for the input! I am glad you have such confidence in the motors which was the area of my greatest concern. I have negotiated what I feel is a fair price on the boat, have contacted a mechanic to do a thorough inspection and have found a used trailer in great condition in the area to put under it if it checks out as described. Transport is taken care of as well.

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