Boat Buying Hints
Never buy a used boat without a survey.
of marine surveyors. Get a good one.
are not easy to find.
they specialize in. (no one is good at all types and styles of boats).
I have a
detailed booklet containing my suggestions for potential used boat buyers,
of about 20 pages which you can have faxed or e-mailed to you for $8 US
in the US or Canada(extra charges for fax phone delivery if outside US or
Canada). Fax your credit card authorization to 1-503????? (No Fax presently active) Include
a return address or phone number. (Don't e-mail credit card information,
I don't trust the e-mail system. A fax is safer and you will know if you
watch the fax machine, where it is going. It should show the number above
during the faxing).
- Make a
list of equipment included in the deal, by Model and serial number.
allow the money to be turned until you have absolute control of all the
ship's components(the stuff on the list above).
buy a boat from some guy who has owned it a year, on the notion he is going
to fix it up and sell it to you.
- If the
buyer claims the engines were rebuilt, ask who the rebuilder was, and expect
the warranty to be passed on to you(in writing).
to see the invoices for the rebuild and determine the extent of the rebuild.
- Have a mechanic analyse
the extent of the rebuild from the invoices.
- Have an oil analysis of
the engine(s) crankcase oil, transmission oil and crankcase oil of the generator(s).
- Remove the oil filter (engine(s),
generator(s)), have a mechanic cut them open and look at the filter
material for metal and other things.
- With the radiator cap
off and the engine running, look for signs of bubbles in the coolant expansion
tank. When cold on startup and when hot.
- Bubbles in the expansion
tank are good signs of cracked heads or exhaust manifolds or blown head gaskets.
There should be NO bubbles.
- Ford Lehman engines are
sensitive to overheating. The petcock at the front of the exhaust manifold
should be vented when refilling coolant.
- If a Lehman shows signs
of leaking oil from under the head/block joint, the engine has likely been
- Turn off the battery charger(s),
turn battery switches off of "both" and disable paralleling switch, then
try to start the engine(s), generator(s).
- Try this start test holding
down the stop switch for 30 seconds; the battery voltages should not go below
about 10 volts for a 12 volt battery(20 for 24V).
- Examine the heavy ground
straps. If you find multiple places; engines, ground buses this is a bad
- If alternators are grounded
to the engine block and not directly to a ground strap leading directly to
the battery, another bad sign.
- Be wary
of boat builders who have just completed their first few boats. Everybody
with an idea, seems to think they are a boat builder.
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