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Old 01-01-2011, 09:01 AM
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Default 1987 Sea Ray Amberjack? Should I buy? Thoughts?

Okay, I have had my eye on a 1987 27' amberjack that is for sale locally. It has newer crate motors (Merc's) that have less then 200 hours. The owner had a survey done with compression test, ( I am awaiting a copy).

I like the amberjack as I feel it is a great chesapeake bay boat for both fishing and cruising with the family (two boys 12 and 10).

I have always had small little center console type boats and am hesitant on the buy only because of the many different systems on a boat of this type.

The price is 16k but hoping to talk him down to 14k to pay for the first year of docking.

Any and all thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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What engines does the boat have?
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That was one of my favorite layouts back then. Hopefully it has v6 power. The 4.3's are a great match for that hull. I am a bit suprised to hear that the survey went well. Typically the windows along the foredeck leak and along with all other sea rays of that vintage, stringers and transom can be problematic. If its a sound vessel, go for it. Price should be roughly 10k-12k, though the repower adds value obviously.
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I also had one.....I had the 26,(1986)they came out with the 27,also around this time,maybe after.
I really liked the boat,and repowered complete with twin 4.0 mercruiser,motors,outdrives,and everything.
Ran to the canyon several times,120 gal fuel burn,and cruised 22 knts.
It had a wide beam,and deep V,(22 dg),and overall was a pretty solid boat,for pretty much everything,but mainly inshore.
I did not like having IO,s ,as mine was always in the water,and the growth on drives was a problem,even using the anti fouling paint on the drives.If you are keeping it in a slip,you may have a lot of growth problems,especially if you dont use evry week.
Be careful with the stringers,and have a good survey on it,as they were prone to rot(wood),and once that starts,you will have problems.

I checked out the add,and dont forget,I dont think the drives are new,and if not,can be very costly for new....also,are engines Freshwater cooled?
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What engines does the boat have?
It has 4.3's
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That's good,some of these had 4 cylinder engines and they were dogs,nothing but trouble.
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Thumbs up Sea Ray Amberjack

I had a 1989 27' Amberjack with twin 5.7 chevys. Fished this boat offshore of De. for 10 years. I think it is a good all around boat and should serve you well on the Chesapeake. With 2 children the sundancer may be a better choice unless you are going to do alot of fishing. I loved the boat but found the IOs needing lots of maintenance and hard to work on. Check the upper seals on the drives for leakage just behind the motors. These seals are cheap but labor intensive to install. Good luck and enjoy an under rated boat.
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Thanks all. Any thoughts on beings able to pull the kids on skis or wake boards with this boat??
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i spent a lot of time fishing on my friend's '89. it was a good boat that handled well and was very dry. lots of room to work on the engines, wide open cockpit.

the boat held together OK, not great. the deck core started getting soft as well as the foredeck. there were a lot of rattles and loose hardware, but nothing major.

i think an '87 that surveys well with new rwc merc power would be worth around $12k max if you're in love w/it.
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Make sure you have the outdrives pulled, Ck the coupler's, bellows, gimbal bearings, u-joints & gimbal rings. I am assuming the stringers, deck & transom were ok.
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I would recommend that you get your own survey done.
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I would recommend that you get your own survey done.
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Thanks all, your input is much appreciated. I will let you know how it all pans out.
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remember surveys are great but you still need to get the drives pulled & inspected. Most serveys do not include this.
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I ran a 1988 270 Sundancer for 3 years with the 4.3's, nice power package on that boat. With it's 22 degrees of dead rise and 10'6" beam it was a smooth ride. I did have a leak in the cabin that I was never able to find however, drove me nuts! The Sundancer has a ton of vinyl on it that would be costly to replace if it has not been done already. The cockpit was all fiberglass which would make for easy clean up if fished, had snap in carpets made for ours to make it a little nicer for cruising. Ran that boat to Montauk, Block Island and Newport back when we owned it and never felt unsafe.
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