|Posted: October 07 2005 at 00:00 | IP Logged
I can't be of real assistance for what to look for as I just plain got stupid lucky with mine. I knew about engines enough to know what parts did what and how it produces power but was entirely new to the additional components that "propel" a boat.
Because of this, I was reserved to looking for the owner to tell me about the parts they replaced and history of components. It helped to ask the questions in a couple of different ways as additional information they forgot about would normally come out.
I also made a big effort to ask for service documentation and made notes on what they said was the last time it was serviced, how it behaves hot & cold, what kind of oil they use, change intervals and detailed procedures they use on winterizing. I also asked about any components they may have changed or upgraded and additionally asked for the old components if still available. Once I got to asking about the old parts, it was like a flea market of stuff he realized he was able to clean out of his garage.
I also asked about copies of prior year state registration data, cost to insure and maintenance on the trailer. I asked and took detailed notes on the method used for launching, trimming, retrieving and how it tows going down the road.
(I was surprised at how many little mannerisms and procedures were needed to give it what it wants to operate correctly.)
It is, afterall, an old boat and has certain characteristics that the current owner is familiar with. My goal was to spend as much time as possible with the owner on it to see what he did, ask questions and take notes.
I higly recommend the surveyor to tag along or do an independant survey and (or at least) the knowledgable friend.
Personally, I do not, UNDER ANY CURCUMSTANCES, recommend purchasing with out a ride with the owner, even if the conditions are less than ideal (As long as it's still safe to be out there).
As far as the major components go, again, I can't be of much real assistance as you are looking at center c'sol. with stingers that are configured differently than mine. Honestly, I would not be able to recognize an issue with them anyway 'cept to say that they're full of holes, I see the wood inside them, they are leaking water or they don't look lie ones on other boats I've seen. (To me, a surveyor is the key there.)
Good luck with that....