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Old 05-16-2006, 08:47 PM
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Hey guys I found a 30ft Baja boat from 1996 with 503 hrs on it, is that just way to many hours. It has Mercruiser motors, I was just curious if its worth looking into it looks like i could get a good deal on it there asking 48k for it. Let me know what you guys think.

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It all depends on maintnence. Have they ever been rebuilt?

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Figure what it will cost you to rebuild the motors. If your happy with the total cost of the boat AND rebuilds then go get it.
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People put way too much weight on engine hours - what's worse?? wide open for 100 hours or run at 3000 RPM for 500 hours - give me the 500 hour motor in that case. If it has 500 hours on it - you know it's probably honest and if it has 500 hours probably taken care of and will last alot longer..especially if it's a stock Merc engine - if it's HP500 only replace valve springs and then rock and roll

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What does it run to get a rebuild done, they are stock 7.4 Mercruisers, the rest of the boat looks very clean and I would like to hope that, that is a sign of the rest of the boat. Also what kind of tests should be done before making a purchase other than a compression test.

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48g , it's worth a professional survey isn't it ? Your insurance co. will most likely want one anyway.
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I looked at a 302 Baja 270 hrs. 1997 it was in great shape. It was down in Springfield Il. It is worth a look, I'm not sure where you can find the add, I think boat trader online. you won't be disappointed. It had purple and red checkered graphics.
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