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Old 08-31-2004, 07:49 AM
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A friend is looking at an '88 Renken...pics look good and the price is right, however neither of us knows anything about the brand and it's reputation. If anyone here has owned one or is familiar with them I would appreciate your comments. This is a Seamaster model.....a fishing boat:-)
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A friend of mine just gave me his 1987 RENKEN, 2008 Cuddy Seamaster. The I/O was shot and it was sitting under a tree for two years. I completely gutted her out and I am currently in the process of a total rehab. I removed the I/O, filled in the transom and plan to install an ocean bracket then hang a 200hp O/B. I repainted her, replaced the old teak doors w/ starboard doors and trim. I hope to install a hard T-top next spring. She will look nice when I'm done sometime next year, unless my wife kills me first

I was out in her many times when she was running and found her very sturdy and a dry running boat. I did a little research on RENKEN boats and found the RENKEN Boat Mfg Co. were located in Charleston, S.C. and went out of business in 1995.
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Old 08-31-2004, 09:09 AM
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Renken's are notorious crap boats. Here in Charleston we call them Stink'n Renkens. If the boat your friend is looking at has a price tag...run away. It is not worth the trouble as there are too many good boats available. the above poster is spending more money on the boat than it was worth and in the end it is still a Renken.

I could give you a dozen reasons why they have that repuatation. To make it a little easier for others to understand. Sea Fox is owned by the Renken grandsons.
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Old 08-31-2004, 10:25 AM
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I used to sell/build the boat rack storage systems you see at marinas, I sold one to Carl Renken (nice guy), toured the facility of course... But his boats... well, I concur the last post.. Look for something else to do.
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Old 08-31-2004, 10:32 AM
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As far as I know Renken got sold to Sea Era after declaring bankruptcy which then became Sea Fox. I'm not a fan of any of those three lines and I personally wouldn't purhcase one.
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nothin' to do with nothin' I guess, because you're talking about an '88. But I've got an old beater '75 16 foot Renken trihull. Almost 30 years old, has had little care, actually some serious abuse... toughest old boat I've ever had... with hardly a gelcoat crack. Just a tiny testimonial... for one good boat they made long ago... good luck with your search... let us know what you do.
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I believe Renken was sold to United Marine out if IL which became Sea Sprite, Sea Sport, Sea Master. The Renken family then started Sea Era and Sea Fox.
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Old 08-31-2004, 11:39 AM
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My Dad had a 87 Renken Bowrider that he just sold last year. Aside from being underpowered (120HP OMC Cobra) the boat held up to years of abuse (oops... I mean use) from me and my sister. The boat was in the water every year from May - Oct. It was mainly used in the bay with occasional trips into the ocean on nice days. Fishing, skiing, cruising the boat did it all. It did go though 3 or 4 engines so watch the power. I'm pretty sure the decking was wood so you mihgt want to check for rot. Dad had no probelms but saltwater rots different than freshwater. Also the gas tank was small about 18 or 19 gal.

If the price is right and the boat checks out it should last your friend till he gets threefootitis is about a year or 2.
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Old 08-31-2004, 11:22 PM
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Renkens have an awful reputation; Cheaply made, non marine easily rotting lumber & non through bolted hardware. A friend had one which he named "Rotten". It literally fell apart .
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As you can see some folks don't care much for Renkins. But then again if you compare the offroad ability of a Chevy, Ford, or Dodge compared to a Hummer you will find the first three left wanting.

Beware of pictures, they don't tell much of a story. Your friend should inspect the boat in person with what has been said in prior posts in mind and make a decision at that point. If he buys it and it runs he can put a bumper sticker on the back that reads "Don't laugh, it PAID for" which is something many high dollar boat owners can't say.
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Old 09-01-2004, 06:29 AM
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I have owned five boats. The 1995 Renkin 2488 SeaMaster was by far the worst. I purchased it for the Deck layout because I went diving alott then. I sold it after 2.5 years. I dont even want to type the repairs I had to do starting at day one. I have 20 times the hours on two Cape Horns and have had to change one livewell pump out, it had more hours than the engines.
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Old 09-01-2004, 07:42 AM
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Don't purchase the boat! ----- Look at a---- Bayliner, Rinker, Maxum, Crownline, Larson, Doral, Sea Ray,Regal --etc.
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Thanks to all for the comments...I will direct him to this thread:-)
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