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- Scurvy Dog
- Posts: 2
- Joined: February 3rd, 2014, 10:55 am
I like the floating living room layout of this model and the flybridge and was wondering if any current owners of this model or anyone who recently shopped for one what lessons did you learn - what should I look for??
Not concerned about interior - I know alot have already been upgraded and new cusions, curtains etc is not a major thing - as a new boater I am more concerned about the expensive repair stuff that I do not have enough experience or knowledge to notice.
Should I be concerend about internal ribs or framing?? Is anything done in wood that can rot over time??
I see alot of this model in the Florida area at very good prices - cheap enough to afford shipping - never really looked into that, so mabey that is just a bad idea and avoid it - but are there any concerns about a salt water boat that would be used in fresh water like the Trent system??
I am seeing prices rannging the mid 30's to low 40's with a few that spike to 60's or as cheap as under 20. Is a 1989 38' santiago at 59K overpriced compared to a 34 at 35k???.
Any advice is much welcomed as I begin this process - thank you.
- CYO Moderator
- Posts: 2161
- Joined: February 5th, 2013, 9:24 pm
- Vessel Info: 1987 3697 Carver Mariner
1988 Cougar 46 Kevlar Vee offshore
1969 15' Glaspar / 1969 Johnson Electrmatic 85
1964 Barron Flat bottom drag boat
A couple of dinghies
- Location: Saint Joseph and Trenton, MI
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The one thing you need to do, no matter what, is pay for a survey of whatever vessel you intend to buy. A good surveyor will check everything for you. Engine checks are usually a little more costly, but a complete survey can save you big headaches later on. You DO NOT want a boat with a bad hull or rotten core. You really need to ask around for a good surveyor. You need to find one that everybody complains to be too damn picky for his own good. That's the guy you want. The one that does not accept anything questionable.
Also be aware, salt water boats are less valuable than fresh water boats, generally. Salt gets into everything and starts corroding the metals. I am not saying to not buy a salt water boat. I am saying be aware of the possibilities such as electrical gremlins.
Being in Toronto, you should be able to buy a boat on any of the great lakes and drive it on water back to your home port. It would be a wonderful trip as well. If you have concerns piloting yourself, hire a captain. A captain can teach you quite a bit in a two-to-four day trip!
1964 Barron Flatbottom with BBC Chevy
1969 Glaspar Avalon /1969 Johnson Electromatic 85
1987 Carver Mariner
1988 Cougar Kevlar 46' with triple blown 572s
Past - 1988 2807, 1989 4207 Aft
- Scurvy Dog
- Posts: 3
- Joined: November 6th, 2013, 8:53 pm
- Vessel Info: 1989 Santego 30
- Location: Marblehead, Ohio
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- Scurvy Dog
- Posts: 24
- Joined: March 12th, 2014, 11:31 pm
- Vessel Info: 38' Carver Santego - Complete refit 2016/2017
- Location: San Diego, CA
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