Welcome! Need support, you got it. Or share you ideas and experiences.
I just drove by a Ciera 160 with Tohatsu 55 hp. The guy bought it from someone else and has not put it in the water this year. He says he hooked up a hose and the motor runs fine in each gear. Prop has some nicks. Neither the trailer (good shape/galvanized) nor the boat are registered.
The hull has no obvious scratches or holes. Upholstery is faded but ok.
I have never bought a boat before so I'm green at this. The price is $1,400 obo.
(1) If I check the right things, should I buy a boat without putting it in the water?
(2) Can you adequately test a motor with a hose/bucket? Gears?
(3) Is a 55 hp Tohatsu junk or a good motor?
There you have it. Stupid questions from a greenhorn. I appreciate any advice or comments!
I'm even "greener" than Larry. I friend of mine asked me if I wanted to buy an old @1954 20 foot wooden bayliner motorboat. Supposedly, the motor is in good condition. It sounds fun, but does anyone have any thoughts as to how much such a boat is worth? I don't even know what to ask about. Any thoughts?
The price of the wooden Bayliner might be from a couple of hundred to several thousand dollars. If the complete outfit is there with origional papers and documentation owners manuals etc It could be worth a tidy sum to a bayliner dealer for display purposes. There are antique boat collectors. who collect refurbish and race these old boats.The overall condition of the boat should also be taken into account. There are too many variables to discuss here.
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