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Boat Buying Advice

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!



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Topic - Boat Buying Advice - Barry 11:00:45 08/28/02 (2)

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