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I put a deposit on a Bayliner 28 foot and the survey found the stringers, transom and forward bulk head to be wet. Bayliner told me it was likely from a leak at the hardware attachement point, swim step trim tabs etc. They suggested removing the hardware finding the leak and storing the boat inside in a heated storage area to dry out the wood. Should I pass on this boat? Otherwise I feel I am getting a good price.
This is a toughie... Of course here in the state of Washington, homebase to Bayliner Corp., we have a tough time raising the WA State Flag UNLESS we own a Bayliner...(little boat joke!)
What concerns me on your statement 'Blacksheep' is: Are the internal stringers, transom and forward bulkhead wood? And, is this wood exposed to the water that has entered the hull? Years ago my dad and I used a hole saw to go through the bottom of a popular fiberglass fishing runabout. When we examined the 'core' we were stunned to see it was 'packyboard'(flakeboard)! Not even plywood. Well, we were dern careful after that to repair all bottom scrapes, dings, and scratches.
So if the internal structures are exposed wood, after repair, I would want to have some way to get these areas good and dry. Even then this wood may have been exposed to spores that may cause dry rot...
Not sure how helpful all this is. Guess the price of this boat reflects it's condition. If you can deal with the condition then the price is right!
We have a saying here in Illinois on the fox we don't wave at bayliners.
In my oppinion spend your money on a quality used boat of all the bayliners I have seen there has been issues with engine outdrive and
even the hull. From what i have seen they don't age well.
Now if it seems I am beating up on bayliner I guess I am it's
just that they are a MASS produced craft and I feel the qualty assurance could be better.
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