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New member, new boat, 1 question

Postby C0ps » June 8th, 2021, 9:32 pm

Hi All. Used to be a bayliner boat owner. Now purchasing a carver which brings me to my question. Would you guys buy a 1992 carver montego 528 boat that hit a rock and requires new sterndrive bravo 1 or 2? Boat is clean and good condition besides cracking the sterdrive. Needs upper lower and transom. So basically new sterndrive. Price 6,000. Your expert advice will be much appreciated.


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Re: New member, new boat, 1 question

Postby tomschauer » June 8th, 2021, 9:45 pm

Two years ago, you could have bought that bought for 5k in good running condition. Covid drove prices up crazy.
If you need a full stern drive, and most likely a gimbal housing also, that's a good 5k plus labor. I would also look very closely for transom damage.
I personally would walk away very swiftly, but it is of course, a personal choice.
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Re: New member, new boat, 1 question

Postby C0ps » June 8th, 2021, 10:04 pm

tomschauer wrote:Source of the post Two years ago, you could have bought that bought for 5k in good running condition. Covid drove prices up crazy.
If you need a full stern drive, and most likely a gimbal housing also, that's a good 5k plus labor. I would also look very closely for transom damage.
I personally would walk away very swiftly, but it is of course, a personal choice.

Wow 5 k sounds awsome for a running boat. Mind you I'm canadian so 6k is like 4k American lol. Problem here in Ontario is the cheapest CLEAN boat you can find is 15,ooo for a boat in its late 80's

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Re: New member, new boat, 1 question

Postby Viper » June 9th, 2021, 6:51 am

Welcome aboard.

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Re: New member, new boat, 1 question

Postby Viper » June 9th, 2021, 7:16 am

C0ps wrote:Source of the post....requires new sterndrive bravo 1 or 2? ....Needs upper lower and transom. So basically new sterndrive. Price 6,000......
I'm curious where you're getting a "new" Mercruiser Bravo drive for $6,000! A rebuilt or aftermarket copy maybe but not a new OEM. Also, what part of the transom assembly are you talking about? A new gimbal ring for example is about $2K. You're over $10K easy for OEM and that doesn't include labour.

You better be getting the boat for next to nothing from a strictly financial point of view, but only you can decide what is financially reasonable for your set of circumstances. We always say that one should take the emotions out of buying a boat but we all know there ends up being more to it than that. Unfortunately now isn't the best time to buy as the demand is high, it will be when the pandemic is over though and people can safely travel and congregate again. At that time, folks that bought boats and RVs on a whim as getaways will likely sell and flood the market which usually results in lower prices. I suspect next year and the year after will see a lot of inventory at great prices but it's hard to wait.
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Re: New member, new boat, 1 question

Postby RGrew176 » June 9th, 2021, 8:12 am

Former 5 time Bayliner owner here. Hope everything works out well for you.
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Re: New member, new boat, 1 question

Postby C0ps » June 9th, 2021, 9:12 am

Viper wrote:Source of the post
C0ps wrote:Source of the post....requires new sterndrive bravo 1 or 2? ....Needs upper lower and transom. So basically new sterndrive. Price 6,000......
I'm curious where you're getting a "new" Mercruiser Bravo drive for $6,000! A rebuilt or aftermarket copy maybe but not a new OEM. Also, what part of the transom assembly are you talking about? A new gimbal ring for example is about $2K. You're over $10K easy for OEM and that doesn't include labour.

You better be getting the boat for next to nothing from a strictly financial point of view, but only you can decide what is financially reasonable for your set of circumstances. We always say that one should take the emotions out of buying a boat but we all know there ends up being more to it than that. Unfortunately now isn't the best time to buy as the demand is high, it will be when the pandemic is over though and people can safely travel and congregate again. At that time, folks that bought boats and RVs on a whim as getaways will likely sell and flood the market which usually results in lower prices. I suspect next year and the year after will see a lot of inventory at great prices but it's hard to wait.

Thank you for your opinion I really do appreciate it. The 6k is what I'm buying the boat for. I'm expecting to spend another 10k to fix. Am I crazy? You can't find nothing in its 90's unless you spend 20+ k
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Re: New member, new boat, 1 question

Postby bud37 » June 9th, 2021, 9:28 am

I think I would get a good surveyor to go over the boat before deciding on this, there could be hidden things there that require some expertise to uncover, especially with possible impact......just my opinion....good luck with your search.
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Re: New member, new boat, 1 question

Postby km1125 » June 9th, 2021, 9:55 am

Is the actual transom of the hull damaged, or just the transom mount for the outdrive? Did the boat take on water, and if so, how much damage from that?

I'm all for 'project' boats, but just be reasonably sure what you're digging yourself in for.
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Re: New member, new boat, 1 question

Postby C0ps » June 9th, 2021, 11:14 am

km1125 wrote:Source of the post Is the actual transom of the hull damaged, or just the transom mount for the outdrive? Did the boat take on water, and if so, how much damage from that?

I'm all for 'project' boats, but just be reasonably sure what you're digging yourself in for.

Hi, transom mount. Transom looks solid and the boat did not take in water. I'll look into finding a surveyor up there in north bay. It's a 3 hour drive for me.

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