The story is this. I bought this boat from the original owner in 2012. I think I fished out of it 4 times. I spent a lot of time working on it though. Then, in 2013 my dad won a brand new Skeeter at the PBOBI charity tournament with a raffle ticket down at Amistad -- I inherited his former boat and this one has sat unused since then. Basically, we have at least one extra boat.
What's interesting is the guy who sold it to me had just put the new motor on it in 2006 or 2007 and then a couple years later, he won a new boat and it just sat there for a while. I had an Evinrude mechanic/technician (Holiday Marine in New Braunfels) run the diagnostic on the EMM and it turns out the motor has 388 hours on it total. I have attached the print out below. It got a completely clean bill of health. It's never been overheated, has not been run at high RPMs -- 97% less than 4500 -- and has no fault history worth mentioning. You can read all of it. Mostly, it has detected when the air was hot outside and when we attempted to start it when it was not in neutral. Basically, it starts and runs like a dream. For reference on the hours, Evinrude's first recommended service is 300 hours -- so 388 is not so many on this motor. The Evinrude extended warranty program (they call it B.E.S.T) covers motors for up to 1000 hours.
Things I can tell you about it:
I bought it because it was a boat I could work into -- and fix up and clean up myself -- that had a really good motor on it. I think the same is basically true today for the next buyer. I have taken all my electronics and my Minn-Kota Terrova off of it to put on dad's "old" boat. So, it is essentially stripped. I put the old trolling motor from when I bought it back on.
It has new pumps for bilge and live wells, a brand new axle, brand new wheel bearings, brand new springs and new trailer lights. Basically, the trailer is brand new other than the frame -- we rebuilt the whole thing.
The boat itself is what you would expect from a fishing boat from 1996. It's not anywhere near mint. I would describe it as fair condition on the hull but fully functional. There are cracks in the gel coat in places, but nothing serious.
The motor runs good and fast -- it's a lot of motor on a little boat. It has an hydraulic jack plate as it was set up for both coast and bass fishing. When it's cold in the morning, it sometimes stalls or dies as you throttle up. Walt at Holiday Marine thinks the gas line and bulb have likely not been fully primed. The problem goes away once it's warm and when you run it more often. ETEC is model number E150DHLSUF.
The three best things going for this boat are the motor, the fact that it has never had any carpet that got old, and that it seems to drastically increase your odds of winning another boat.
If you think you might be interested and want to ask questions, just give me a call.
Nada guides lists it as average retail of $12,190 and low retail of $10,765. I am fully aware that is too high -- the boat needs some cosmetic work -- primarily new upholstery. I am not aware of any major defects though. Negotiations start at $9,900 and it's a take it as is deal -- if I have to do anything, I would rather just sell it for less and let you do it.
Call Hunter Stanco at 210-313-8121 if you think you might want to discuss or take a look. Tags are up to date. Trailer is good to February 2017 and boat tags through September 2017.
Pictures and diagnostic on the motor attached below.
Edited by HunterStanco (02/01/16 08:05 PM)