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Center Console Boat Questions #12288933
06/11/17 10:23 PM
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So I am looking at purchasing a used center console boat, with a budget of about 5 grand.

I have read many articles on buying a bass boat, i.e. Checking engine compression, checking hull for cracks, checking the trailer.

But is there anything special I need to look for when buying a used Center console boat ?
How about the floor, if it has soft spots, is that a major issue ?

Besides Craigslist is there ant other avenues to search for used models ?

Any info is greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Dave


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Re: Center Console Boat Questions [Re: Big Kahuna Fishing] #12288976
06/11/17 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted By: Big Kahuna Ranch
So I am looking at purchasing a used center console boat, with a budget of about 5 grand.

I have read many articles on buying a bass boat, i.e. Checking engine compression, checking hull for cracks, checking the trailer.

But is there anything special I need to look for when buying a used Center console boat ?
How about the floor, if it has soft spots, is that a major issue ?

Besides Craigslist is there ant other avenues to search for used models .....?What you have read will apply to ANY used boat...this forum has a boat for sale section/might try boat trader if its still in around.

Any info is greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Dave

Re: Center Console Boat Questions [Re: Big Kahuna Fishing] #12288982
06/11/17 11:01 PM
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Boat Trader may be a good source. I assume it's still being published. I havn't seen one in a long time.


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Re: Center Console Boat Questions [Re: Big Kahuna Fishing] #12289007
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Re: Center Console Boat Questions [Re: Big Kahuna Fishing] #12289022
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My 2 cents....

For that amount of money I'd stick to an Aluminum boat, with a fiberglass one in that range there's a chance for rot etc in the hull and transom, even if the boat is a "no wood" boat water can get into the foam areas of the stingers etc and cause issues. With an aluminum boat, you can get issues here and there on the inside but it would show on the outside and rot is way less of an issue, and you can usually see the areas like the transom better.


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Re: Center Console Boat Questions [Re: CADD] #12289101
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Originally Posted By: CADD
My 2 cents....

For that amount of money I'd stick to an Aluminum boat, with a fiberglass one in that range there's a chance for rot etc in the hull and transom, even if the boat is a "no wood" boat water can get into the foam areas of the stingers etc and cause issues. With an aluminum boat, you can get issues here and there on the inside but it would show on the outside and rot is way less of an issue, and you can usually see the areas like the transom better.


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Re: Center Console Boat Questions [Re: Big Kahuna Fishing] #12289143
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With a budget of $5K, an independent inspection is very important. Any center console that an owner is willing to let go for $5K is almost certain to have some serious issues.


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Re: Center Console Boat Questions [Re: Big Kahuna Fishing] #12289681
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There are some garbage fiberglass "center consoles" out there, if you're not aware of known junk brands, it's easy to get swayed by shiny, when in reality they are cancer cases. Some (not all) to avoid at any cost:
Cajun (especially travis editions)
Sprint (ditto Travis)
Bayliner
Redfin (never seen one yet that didn't need a transom)

Any rolled edge hull in the price range you ask will have plywood decks and floors, if the knucklehead owner didn't seal up anything screwed into the decks or floor it will be subject to rot.

Plastic mallet will tell all, tapping around will instantly tell you if something is waterlogged.


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06/21/17 09:26 PM
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If you are serious about a center console boat, call me. 972 215 9012 I have an 89 Boston Whaler Montauk that I have owner for 22 years and its ready to go. Its fairly close to your price range and doesn't need anything. Call John

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The mallet will also show you if there are any voids in the fiberglass layup.


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