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Old 05-31-2006, 10:22 AM
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Default Re: If you had to do it again buy new or used??

My next boat will have closed cooling, I understand that Mercruiser offers up to six years extended warranty on their Horizon closed cooling motors when purchased through one of their partner manufacturers.

The only thing I would add to those motors would be sea/sand strainers.
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Old 05-31-2006, 10:23 AM
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If it is an off-the-shelf boat (Donzi, Formula, Fountain) best to buy it a couple years used.

If it is a one-of-a-kind boat (Outerlimits, Most of the cats) and you want everything EXACTLY a certain way new is the only way to go.

Since it is your first boat I would say make some compromises (not picking out everything EXACTLY how you would have it) and get a used one.
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Old 05-31-2006, 10:50 AM
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Bought new before,,,,,,,never again
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:01 AM
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buy pre-owned and definitely have it surveyed and a lengthy sea trial it is well worth the money
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:25 AM
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Can't afford the initial 5-7 yr depreciation so I buy used.
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:59 AM
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New....and keep it for 10 years. I have been burned on two used boats, people treat go fast boats like dirt bikes, I was screwed by the dealer on one Donzi, sued and won but put in 1000s of $$$ to fix it, then I bought an AT that had issues and I sold it. I would look at a 1-2 year old boat with warrenty and adult owned. When I buy something new, like my truck, sleds, bikes and all I can keep it like new forever, my truck has 110,000 on it and it looks new and rides better once I fixed fords mistakes on the Excursion and with a diesel it will last forever. So I say new, yes you take a bath but if you keep it long enough it will be worth it. And I hate buying someones problems.
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Old 05-31-2006, 12:01 PM
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Freshwater ! Used but not abUSED
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Old 05-31-2006, 12:10 PM
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Used, 5 years or older....rebuild it the way you want it.
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Old 05-31-2006, 12:12 PM
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You'll get more for your $ buying used.
I'd look for a boat for sale by a well known board member, they usually take good care of their boats since that is all they care about.
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Old 05-31-2006, 12:47 PM
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Default Re: If you had to do it again buy new or used??

I am on my fifth boat - one was new (the fourth one) and the other four were pre-owned (including my current boat).

Unless I hit the lottery, I will never buy new again.
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