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Old 03-26-2010, 10:46 PM   #1
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Boat advice

So, I've been around boats and fishing all my life, but I've finally decided to get a boat of my own, which was part of my decision to get rid of my previous car for the Taco.

I'm looking for a boat to use in the inner bays of southern Delaware for fishing and crabbing. On Craigslist I found a 1997 boat with 1997 motor that seems like it could be a good fit. It's an aluminum boat, 17 foot Starcraft, dual console. with a 75hp Merc. Guys is asking $4725 for it. Seem like a good deal. I did email him for some pics. Plan on giving him a call to ask some further info. Sent it to my uncle to get his input on it. What kind of questions should I ask? Naturally, the boat itself looks in great condition I'm not worried about that I just want to make sure the motor was well maintained and runs well, especially since it's been used in saltwater.

Ideally, I'd love to pick up a nice 18' to 19' center console, but hard to find something that's not a total piece of crap for a good price. Since the Taco is paid off, I could swing buying a new boat, however I just can't see putting down 15-20k on a boat having never owned one myself before. Rather get a nice starter setup.
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:50 PM   #2
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So, I've been around boats and fishing all my life, but I've finally decided to get a boat of my own, which was part of my decision to get rid of my previous car for the Taco.

I'm looking for a boat to use in the inner bays of southern Delaware for fishing and crabbing. On Craigslist I found a 1997 boat with 1997 motor that seems like it could be a good fit. It's an aluminum boat, 17 foot Starcraft, dual console. with a 75hp Merc. Guys is asking $4725 for it. Seem like a good deal. I did email him for some pics. Plan on giving him a call to ask some further info. Sent it to my uncle to get his input on it. What kind of questions should I ask? Naturally, the boat itself looks in great condition I'm not worried about that I just want to make sure the motor was well maintained and runs well, especially since it's been used in saltwater.

Ideally, I'd love to pick up a nice 18' to 19' center console, but hard to find something that's not a total piece of crap for a good price. Since the Taco is paid off, I could swing buying a new boat, however I just can't see putting down 15-20k on a boat having never owned one myself before. Rather get a nice starter setup.
Thats not a bad price, i think you can get a better deal though. If I were you I would a get a 17 foot boston whaler, probably one from the seventies, they are indestructable. I would power it with yamaha.
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:52 PM   #3
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I'd love to find a good deal on one of those older 17' Boston Whaler Montauks. A relative of mine picked one up for like 4 grand from someone who just wanted to get rid of it due to a death in the family. Had a mid 90's Yamaha 90 on it. I would have picked that up in a heartbeat had I seen it.
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I'm in the same boat you are (or wish you were). I too am looking for a nice aluminum boat under 5K for fishing.

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Yea Yamaha is the way to go on saltwater. But sounds like an ok price.
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See I wouldnt touch anything with a merc... My best friend is a marine mechanic and 90% of his jobs are fixing those pieces of shits. If your going for an outboard go with Yamaha they really do run forever.

Now if you really think about it there are so many broke people out there take your time keep looking on craiglist or just when your driving around. You can find a nice boat for around 5k-10K but it might take sometime.

Just dont go out with the attitude of having the I WANTS..... take the person down your the one with the cash
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Why not put a posting on craigslist-"WTB"? Might bring you exactly what you want. I'm more into motorcycles than boats, but it's the same---some people have things that they never really think about selling until they see that someone wants to buy one. Just a thought
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Why not put a posting on craigslist-"WTB"? Might bring you exactly what you want. I'm more into motorcycles than boats, but it's the same---some people have things that they never really think about selling until they see that someone wants to buy one. Just a thought
Good point.

And don't worry, I don't get cases of the "I WANTS." I'm an accountant, so I'm a cheapass by nature lol. So I typically don't go out and spend money unless I really really want it and don't make impulse purchases.

That being said, appears the guy has an offer on the table anyways, so my search will continue. I would like to find something early summer, but I'm in no hurry. And if worse comes to worse I'll just pony up more money and get something a lot newer/new.

My uncle has a really nice 19' center console, it's a 1998 I believe and for all intent and purposes is like new. Needs a new motor though(had a shit Force 120 that took a dump). He was contemplating just getting rid of it and getting a small aluminum boat. I'd love to buy the boat off him for cheap and throw a nice new Yamaha or E-Tec 115 on there.

EDIT: Also got a little excited to find a 2006 17' Triumph center console with a 60 horse Yamaha for like $8,500, typically around $20k new from what I've seen. Of course a sale is pending on it when I inquired on it. I've always liked those Triumphs.
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Check boat trader.com

Also check with the banks for a repo. You may find a gem for a super bargain.

Also look for boat auctions in your area.

http://www.northeastboatsales.com/
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http://www.pennsylvaniaboats.com/

http://www.bakkermarine.com/pre_owned_list.asp


This site has some nice center consoles for cheap
http://www.stormkingmarine.com/site_page_12470/
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Thanks for the info! Will check it out.
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