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Old 10-05-2012, 11:40 PM   #11
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:41 PM   #12
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if the tank were to fail, how hard or expensive is the repair?
Cannot answer that. Mine was done by the factory for free before I bought the boat.

Other things to look at: condition of the t-top, live well, bilge pump, lights.

Good looking boat in the pic. Also, check out the trailer carefully. It's a good thing that it is a dual axle trailer.



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Old 10-06-2012, 09:21 AM   #13
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the current owner says the t-top has been previously re welded, he says the welds are the pretties, but they are strong. I work at a fabrication shop of sorts, and one of my fellow employees has a family member that owns a t-top shop, so if anything needs rewelding, I have the guy to do it.

The pumps for the bilge and livewell are supposedly in working order. Lights I am unsure about. I do realize it is a used boat, and there may be a few things I have to repair. I just want to make sure that the motor and the hull are good and neither will be anything major.
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Take a look where the ttop mounts to the floor as well, make sure all the screws are still solid in the backing plates and there should not be any wiggle to them.
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Looks good right size for the gulf on good days.

Not a bad price, you will probably end up at 8K or 8.5...

Good Luck, see you outside the pass......
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:08 PM   #16
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the current owner says the t-top has been previously re welded, he says the welds are the pretties, but they are strong. I work at a fabrication shop of sorts, and one of my fellow employees has a family member that owns a t-top shop, so if anything needs rewelding, I have the guy to do it.

The pumps for the bilge and livewell are supposedly in working order. Lights I am unsure about. I do realize it is a used boat, and there may be a few things I have to repair. I just want to make sure that the motor and the hull are good and neither will be anything major.
'Tis true. It's just a pain in the ass when you have to start shelling out money for that stuff after you haven't really used the boat at all. Plus, it takes time and energy to repair all of that. If something isn't working, you can use that as leverage to get the price lowered. Best of luck. Like I said, great solid hull. Great boat for the money.



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In 1995 they still used wood in construction. Boat builders like wood and it is a good material for boats. Public perception has forced a lot of builders into going to no wood. The original fuel tank is Aluminum and foamed in. May last another trip or 20 more years. It is tough to say. It isn't trivial to replace the tank because you have to de rig everything that goes through the rigging tube, cut the deck up, get the old tank out, strap a poly tank in, and re reig everything.
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In 1995 they still used wood in construction. Boat builders like wood and it is a good material for boats. Public perception has forced a lot of builders into going to no wood. The original fuel tank is Aluminum and foamed in. May last another trip or 20 more years. It is tough to say. It isn't trivial to replace the tank because you have to de rig everything that goes through the rigging tube, cut the deck up, get the old tank out, strap a poly tank in, and re reig everything.


So should I buy or not? Is there any way to tell if the tanks is good?
Where is the tank located?
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The tank is right on the center line of the boat between the console and the bait well (running under the leaning post). There should be a 8 inch or so round plate that you can pull up and look in there and see the sending unit and a part of the top of the tank. Should be 80 gallons which is plenty for that boat.

They can be pressure tested but I have personally never seen it done professionally. It is more or a leakdown type test where the tank is pressurized to 1 or 2 psi and left to sit. I have done this in a homemade redneck way before by blocking the vent, fill, and pickup hoses and blowing into one of the hose with repeated breaths (Google says someone in good health can make 2psi with their lungs). After I had it as blown up as much as I could I blocked the hose and let it sit. After a while I unblocked the hose and air rushed out so I knew it was OK and airtight / fuel tight.

Buying is up to you. You could spend 9k and get a whole lot less boat. I know that. I don't know what 9k means to you. It doesn't seem like that much money to have a whole lot of fun on a boat. For me the negatives on that particular boat are 1. The motor. Mercs aren't my thing. It is enough engine for the boat though. 2. The trailer. I am in the minority here but I would rather have a single axle just for the sake of having one less set of springs and bearings to have to replace.

The positives for me are: 1. It is a cape horn. Damn near indestructible boat. 2. It looks good from the picture.

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The tank is right on the center line of the boat between the console and the bait well (running under the leaning post). There should be a 8 inch or so round plate that you can pull up and look in there and see the sending unit and a part of the top of the tank. Should be 80 gallons which is plenty for that boat.

They can be pressure tested but I have personally never seen it done professionally. It is more or a leakdown type test where the tank is pressurized to 1 or 2 psi and left to sit. I have done this in a homemade redneck way before by blocking the vent, fill, and pickup hoses and blowing into one of the hose with repeated breaths (Google says someone in good health can make 2psi with their lungs). After I had it as blown up as much as I could I blocked the hose and let it sit. After a while I unblocked the hose and air rushed out so I knew it was OK and airtight / fuel tight.

Buying is up to you. You could spend 9k and get a whole lot less boat. I know that. I don't know what 9k means to you. It doesn't seem like that much money to have a whole lot of fun on a boat. For me the negatives on that particular boat are 1. The motor. Mercs aren't my thing. It is enough engine for the boat though. 2. The trailer. I am in the minority here but I would rather have a single axle just for the sake of having one less set of springs and bearings to have to replace.

The positives for me are: 1. It is a cape horn. Damn near indestructible boat. 2. It looks good from the picture.
Excellent response. Good point about the trailer, too.



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