Congratulations on your pending purchase. I bought a 1996 24 outlaw last year and the only advice I can give is what I didn't do that cost me BIG! Take your time. Definately try it out. Get it wet, look for leaks EVERYWHERE. Mine was leaking at the horn and center grab rail. Check for wood rot in cuddy and around bench seat area. Check all electronics. You didn't mention if it was MPI or carb. Mine was MPI and because I didn't try it on the water @ wot, just listened to it on muffs, I found that the high pressure pump in the vst was bad. Sorry to ramble, I just hate to see anyone else get taken. Mine is pretty much right now and I love it. Good Luck! Feel free to pm me with any other questions!