What to look for when buying a used Inboard boat.
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The do's and dont's when buying a new or used inboard boat.
So your buying a new boat fitted with an inboard engine whether it be new or second hand you should always get someone to look over the boat for you. It will give you peace of mind that the possibility of major repairs can be avoided.
Recent inspections carried out have found :
-Exhaust manifolds and risers needing replacement totalling $2600
- Incorrect application of anti-foul applied causing major structural damage in excess of $15000
- Blown gimbal bearings and gimbal plate in excess of $11000
- Plenty of unserviced engines, this can cost in excess of $1000 to get an engines components back to a serviceable standard
- Engines with low hours that haven't been serviced in 10 years. Resulting in damage caused by lack of recommended maintenance. These engines can equate to quite a hefty bill When it comes to repair, as the labour component is very high in dismantling an engine to change maybe a $20 part.
It is important that you gather all history of a vessel before buying.
Most vessel's require a minimum of yearly servicing which costs between $600 and $1000 per year so be very weary.
Things that always stand out for us when buying a second hand boat fitted with an inboard engine which should make you very weary of buying :
Engines over 5 years old will most likely need some repairs, this is generally due to corrosion and or improper maintenance.
Engines that are 10 years old will most likely need overhaul of major components this is expensive not $1000 expensive Generally in excess of $4000 but is relevant to keeping your engine in tip top shape. This is not generally manufacturer specific but across the board. Here in Australia we have quite extreme operating conditions.
It's important to get the previous owner to provide you with all the receipts for work carried out over the time they had the boat. This helps us paint you a picture of issues they have been having and identify possible issues that you may experience.
THE RED FLAGS
THERE ARE MANY RED FLAGS WHEN BUYING A BOAT THAT YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF REMEMBER THE OWNER IS SELLING THE BOAT FOR A REASON!
Things that always stand out for us which should make you very weary of buying a used boat privately :
-( Owner) "I serviced it myself I'm a mechanic"
Plugs, fuel conditioner and a wash is not a service! owners tend to make their boat look the part to fool unsuspecting buyers into thinking everything is ok.
-( Owner ) "yeah mate she's regularly serviced"
You need to see all the receipts ! Anything under $500 most probably is not a service.
- ( Owner ) "yeah had it serviced and haven't used it much since."
So we are all on the same page most outboard and inboard engines need to be serviced yearly or every 100 hours, even 50 hours in some cases. The maintenance plays a major role in the protection of the engine to ensure it runs for the optimum service life or the marine engine and its components.
These are just a few of the common red flags we see week in week out that usually amount to quite a hefty repair bill. It always pays to get someone out who looks at these day in day out and knows the potential issues you may come across
A good starting point is to keep it under 10 years old with an owner being able to provide you service receipts for the life of the engine. Always get your new investment checked - a little now saves a lot later