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Old 08-12-2010, 10:19 AM
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Hi everyone!
I am 30 from NE Ohio. I have spent my life on lake Erie, my father was an AVID boater who has been with a couple local yacht clubs and was Comadore @ one also. So I know the lake and some about boats. I even worked for Fairport Marine Company who was the builder of Tartan and C&C Racing Yachts.
I spent most of the summer on my 19' V-hull Mirrocraft bow rider... It seems its RARE since all other Mirrocrafts I find are fishing boats with 50 or so HP... Mine has a 140hp IO. Its in GREAT shape for a 76 but I needed a cuddy for the kiddies! So...
I just picked up an 84 Thunderbird Formula 3 - 21'-6" with a 350 Merc Alpha 1. I paid about 2k$ for it but it needs cleaned up, the engine put back together (head gasket that guy gave up on) and some cuddy work (a racoon made a home but got chased out before the babies came - thank god).
It has trim tabs, depth sounder, radio, tv hookup, and all the cockpit totally intact. I figured it was worth it!
Anyone know what to look for on the 80s Formulas?? I have a 30 day 100% refund gaurentee. He also gaurenteed the engine would run fine or he would give me running one from another boat!
Any other help is appreciated!

Thanks guys/gals!
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:30 AM
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Hi everyone!
I am 30 from NE Ohio. I have spent my life on lake Erie, my father was an AVID boater who has been with a couple local yacht clubs and was Comadore @ one also. So I know the lake and some about boats. I even worked for Fairport Marine Company who was the builder of Tartan and C&C Racing Yachts.
I spent most of the summer on my 19' V-hull Mirrocraft bow rider... It seems its RARE since all other Mirrocrafts I find are fishing boats with 50 or so HP... Mine has a 140hp IO. Its in GREAT shape for a 76 but I needed a cuddy for the kiddies! So...
I just picked up an 84 Thunderbird Formula 3 - 21'-6" with a 350 Merc Alpha 1. I paid about 2k$ for it but it needs cleaned up, the engine put back together (head gasket that guy gave up on) and some cuddy work (a racoon made a home but got chased out before the babies came - thank god).
It has trim tabs, depth sounder, radio, tv hookup, and all the cockpit totally intact. I figured it was worth it!
Anyone know what to look for on the 80s Formulas?? I have a 30 day 100% refund gaurentee. He also gaurenteed the engine would run fine or he would give me running one from another boat!
Any other help is appreciated!

Thanks guys/gals!
Welcome to OSO, make yourself at home =) I'd love to see some pictures, but currently your (and my) membership level cannot post pictures, so you can put them on photobucket or someplace and link them to here.

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Old 08-12-2010, 08:52 PM
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i think you should just give me the boat....u dont need anymore projects!
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:10 PM
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This from the guy who won't let me drill 2 4" holes in his transom! BAH! LOL!
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:28 PM
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Welcome to OSO DieselWeasel. I'd get the boat surveyed even though you only paid 2 grand, to make sure there is no dry rot in the stringers or transom.
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