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Old 08-13-2015, 10:56 PM   #1
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Default 1994 Century 2180 w/ 115 Yamaha

I'm looking at a bay/flats boat. It's like this one, but in pretty rough shape:

http://www.boatdealers.ca/boats-for-...sacola-florida

How good are Century boats? Is there rotten wood under the deck, or is this an all composite boat?

What about the 21 year old Yamaha 115? The salesman didn't know how many hours were on the engine, but swore his mechanic said it was "strong." How many hours would you guess are on this motor?

I like this boat. It's what I'm looking for. But I don't want to spend $5900 (asking price) only to have to re-power it in 2 months.

Y'all tell me what you know. If you live near Midway and know what you're looking at, I wouldn't mind you holding my hand so that I don't get bent over a fence and brutalized by some lying salesman.

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Those old two stroke yamaha are tanks if you keep carbs cleaned and plenty of oil they will last a while I got a 92 yammy 200 with almost 2200 hours

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Check compression, everything else is a bolt on!
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Thanks, but how about the boat itself? Anyone familiar?
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Website said it was sold.
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Website said it was sold.
I said it was like this one, but in rough shape.
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Nathar, I've got a 2006 Century Bay boat and it's a very solid boat. No wood in it. I can't tell you if the older ones had any but I certainly would'nt be to worried. It may be worth your time if you are seriously considering it to spend a couple bills to have it looked at by a surveyor.
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Nathar, I've got a 2006 Century Bay boat and it's a very solid boat. No wood in it. I can't tell you if the older ones had any but I certainly would'nt be to worried. It may be worth your time if you are seriously considering it to spend a couple bills to have it looked at by a surveyor.
Do you know any surveryors?

NADA says that the motor is worth $1600-$1800. That means he thinks the hull and trailer are worth $4300. I highly doubt it. It's cosmetically rough looking. I really need a little help here. Last boat I bought, I had to pull the engine and rebuild it after the second outing. Don't want to do that again. I can handle an engine rebuild, but I don't want to pay twice for it.
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I dont have first hand knowledge of Centuy's but I'd bet good money that one that old is Wood cored. Most everything that old is. At that point, composite core was a VERY high end feature.

I have a 96 Yamaha 200 on my big boat and it runs like new money. I also have a 55hp and a 35hp that were made in '79 and a 6hp that was made in '71. They all run like new and would not trade them for new ones... Especially the 6hp. haha. My point is, dont be afraid of an older motor just because it is old. It may have few hours and or very well taken care of. Test compression. Make sure it is 90% or so of new and that all cylinders are fairly even pressure. You should be good to go.

As for your price breakdown. That price seems fair without seeing how "rough" it is. I shopped for 2 years for the 21footer that I just bought. A 21 footer for less than $8K is a hard market to be in.
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I dont have first hand knowledge of Centuy's but I'd bet good money that one that old is Wood cored. Most everything that old is. At that point, composite core was a VERY high end feature.

I have a 96 Yamaha 200 on my big boat and it runs like new money. I also have a 55hp and a 35hp that were made in '79 and a 6hp that was made in '71. They all run like new and would not trade them for new ones... Especially the 6hp. haha. My point is, dont be afraid of an older motor just because it is old. It may have few hours and or very well taken care of. Test compression. Make sure it is 90% or so of new and that all cylinders are fairly even pressure. You should be good to go.

As for your price breakdown. That price seems fair without seeing how "rough" it is. I shopped for 2 years for the 21footer that I just bought. A 21 footer for less than $8K is a hard market to be in.
Thanks for the info on Yamahas. I know they are highly regarded motors. Looks like my biggest concern would be having to cut open the deck and replacing rotten stringers, or having to fix a rotten transom.

How the heck do you check for that? So surveyors have sophisticated equipment?
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