Don't think you are going to buy a #6 boat and the power it takes to run it and think that you are just going to put gas in it and change the oil is all that I am saying.
This is one SWEET unit for the price
6 years in storage on an '04 with brand new 0 hours 500 EFI's from Shogren should certainly qualify for a limited engine warranty from Mercruiser. IMO, it's as close to a brand new boat as you'll get.
If had 120k I'd be running red lights to get to his place before another buyer jumped on it!!!
It depends how/where this guy is going to use the boat. Rough(3-5 ft) he will do Bravo damage if hes a madman or cant use the sticks..... Or calm(1-3 ft), Bravos will be fine. What type of water are you boating in and how do you drive a boat? IMO, if you respect your boat and its equipment, Bravos will last. Mine did. Sonic a few posts above is a great first 38 footer. Top Gun is a great choice too. Twin step 575 boat, prolly not a beginner boat......Ahh, funk it! Go for it!
Thanks again for all the input... I'll weigh in on a few more things.
Z06, why would I rethink this and why wouldn't I seek advice from this forum? Sure, you have to sift through a lot, but I think it would be crazy not to see what others, experienced with the exact type of boat I'm interested in buying, would have to say on the issue. I can easily get all the stats from boating magazines and read what testers have to say about boats they rode around in for a couple hours, but wouldn't you want to hear what people who've owned the boats and laid out cash have to say?? Do you suggest I "rethink" things and just go speak with some salesmen at various brokers and take their word as gospel? Oh, wait, if you're suggesting that as well as suggesting I not pay attention to what's being said in threads, maybe I'll take the second part of that advice and ignore your post. Whew, I just had a bit of a rant there!
Second thing... I would love love love to live in an area where you can buy waterfront property for $150k. Unfortunately, where I live you aint getting on the water for under $1.5 million... Fortunately though, we have an acreage on the water 70 miles by boat from the launch (another reason for the purchase).
Thirdly... I didn't just win a $150k lottery, so I'm not mortgaging my future by buying a toy. I have an all cash toy budget (no debt), so while the thought in providing financial advice is appreciated, it isn't necessary (buying property vs a boat).
Lastly... I am interested in what people have to say about a Vee vs a Cat, what operating costs are, what set-ups are most reliable and what type of exotic engines may cost many thousands more per year to maintain. Insurance issues are something I haven't considered yet either (how increased performance may significantly increase costs). This is exactly why I posted and why I'm appreciative of many of the helpful responses.
P.S. Although I boat mostly in the ocean, it's not open ocean, so I never have to pick and choose when to go out (all I need is sunshine). Worst I've seen when some bad wind picked up was 4 or maybe 5 foot chop and there's always somewhere to duck into for protection.
Good luck with your search ,sounds like a fun summer ahead!
V's and cats are different, for the 150 range, cats will tend to be on the shorter side with less/if any amenities. if you don't have cat experience insurance will be expensive maybe 2-4 times more expensive than a V. For a cat width and trailering is a concern as well, although you live close, it could be over width and cause an issue.
post away with thoughts. if 150 is the top of your budget i would look at boats that are 125ish and make offers from there, give yourself some extra room whereas that one with a couple hundred hours that may need a refresh to be perfect. happy hunting.
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