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Old 09-01-2019, 11:10 AM
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Newbie here wanting to know the best way to go about buying a used boat. I've found a minty 25 Outlaw that I'm going to see in a few days. It's a 1999 SST that is spotless with rebuild 61 hours ago. My plan is to go look at it and make an offer pending a survey and compression test. Not sure how to go about the compression test. I have tested compression on motorcycles before, I'm assuming the procedure is similar. What do you experienced boat buyers suggest? Finding a surveyor and then taking to a boat mechanic? Also, anything in particular I should look for in this boat? Standing by.

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Old 09-01-2019, 11:24 AM
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If you’re going to have a survey done, that should include compression test
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Old 09-01-2019, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by tdbrickndirt View Post
If you’re going to have a survey done, that should include compression test
I wasn't sure that was included in the survey. I will call a few surveyors.
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My surveyor had options up to and including mechanical engine testing, etc...
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Originally Posted by F14A water jet View Post
My surveyor had options up to and including mechanical engine testing, etc...
OK thanks. Researching surveyors and services now
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A lot of people have been burned using a surveyor. They did not pick up on a lot of issues. Do your due diligence!!
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Definitely do your homework on a good surveyor. I've found they can "miss" things.... Be sure to give the boat a very good examination, use a qualified surveyor and given it is a Baja, a quick check with a moisture meter is not a bad idea either.
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Definitely do your homework on a good surveyor. I've found they can "miss" things.... Be sure to give the boat a very good examination, use a qualified surveyor and given it is a Baja, a quick check with a moisture meter is not a bad idea either.
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Def moisture meter & compression check and any receipts & maint records from boat owner are very helpfull
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