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Old 11-12-2011, 05:08 AM
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I am looking at purchasing a 1997 Thompson 240 Hardtop. The boat surveyed out in great shape with an average 12% moisture in transem and stringers. I have only owned Stripers to this point and have a question regarding the bailing/bildge of this model boat. From my observations, it appears that the boat drains to the engine bildge area? There are no scuppers, and no other apparent paths for deck water to escape. My concern is how this works when you wash the deck down while fishing? The boat has a raw water washdown system, and I am just curious as to how the water gets out, and how reliable this is. Othere than that, I love the boat. It has beens stored indoors for years and has had only 150 original hours on its 5.7 Merc.
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It's as reliable as your bilge pump.

I have been looking at an older Adventurer 24 with a hardtop and after poking around I came to the conclusion that there was a reason the boat had been rebuilt from the transom to the stringer and forward....and it likely would need that type of care again at some point so I passed and bought a pursuit for what it's worth.
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First of all; are you positive it is a 1997? Very few of them built that year; but I'm sure the surveyor would be able to tell.

Yes, it is a bilge bailer and provided you have a decent gph automatic bilge pump it should be no problem. The floor is much too deep inside for it to have drain scuppers through the sides or the transom.

They ride hard in a chop, but a pretty good fishing boat and the power is more than adequate.

We sell a dozen or more used 24 Thompsons each year here on Lake Erie and they are still well respected so long as they can pass a survey as yours has.

Good luck with her and let me know if you have any other particular questions.
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Old 11-12-2011, 10:48 AM
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Yep, it is a 1997. That is why I have had troubles finding comparible sales to base the purchase price on. The boat/motor has seen very little use and has been stored inside a shed for its entire life, never in a slip. There are zero cracks or any physical defects at all, anywheres. Should I be concerned about the engine having sat for so long? The last registration was 07. It was winterized and drained properly. The surveyor said to roll it over for a few minutes with the coil wire off to get oil circulated before firing it up. We are planning a wet test this week.
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I have a 1989 Thompson 240 hard top that I have had for 4 years. I paid almost nothing for the boat and expected to have to put some money in to it. This is the end of the 4th boating season and I haven't had to fix a thing. I had always thought of them as a low quality boat.

As far as riding rough, you need to put larger trim tabs on the boat. I have 24" tabs and I can run right into a 3'-4' chop with the tabs down about 3/4 and the boat will not pound. It's pretty good on fuel, I have a small V8. They made this boat w/ a V6 but that would be very under powered.

Fishing out of it is good but 4 people is max. I think mine has an extended hard top because there is a 1990 Thompson same model as mine that docks next to me and his hard top is at least 2' shorter than mine. I have never owned a hard top but I love it. I fish in early spring and late fall and I have no problem staying warm even when running.

They are known to have transom, stringer, and soft floor problems. The guy that docks next to me had all 3 replaced. My transom is intact (I drilled test holes) the stringers are dry and solid and no soft spots on the floor. I guess I just got lucky, paid $3,300 and that included a trailer. So far not a penny spent for any kind of repairs except I had the impeller changed.

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Get a compression test on the engine; about $100 worst case and look at the oil pressure. If both are good, you are good. 350 blocks will go over 3000 hours with proper maintenance.
And yes Russ; there were actually 3 different hardtop availabilities at one time. There was a Fisherman, Sportsman, Fisherman L for liner; and an Adventurer as well as and Ad venturer Flybridge. That company had it going on for a good number of years and were very stiff comptetition for our Sportcrafts and Bahas for sure.
In fact the largest Thompson dealers in the world were always in Ohio.
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Thanks Russ. My surveyor commented on exactly what you guys are metioning. He couldn't get over how dry the transem and stringers were, plus the floor is dead solid. I guess you could expect that with the very limited water time the boat has seen. This boat will be used to fish walleye on Saginaw Bay as well as salmon on Lake Michigan. I will trailer it, never slip it. It has almost 40 gallons of fuel in the tank. Planning on draining and drying the tank, then replacing the rubber supply line to the fuel pump. All the other downstream fuel lines are ss tube. I didn't measure the trim tabs, but they are hydraulic and at least 18-24 inches. Steering is also hydrahlic, so autopilot is much easier to install. Erie skipper-thanks for the advice on the engine, will do.
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tony,you found one you like.hope the deal works out for you.
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Yep, just prodding the owner to make it ready for a wet run on the motor. If he stalls much longer, I may just offer him $2K less as is. Let me know if you see anything around Jay. I might take a run up to Charlevoix to look at a 1990 Pursuit 250 WA HT while up there hunting. Price seems low at $11K, must have serious tired motor or wet. It is setup nice and pictures tell a nice story. We'll see.
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