RE: SportCraft CC 160 Fishmaster anyone?
I would ask this question - What is the difference between buying a used boat from a company that is out of business and a used boat (out of warranty or a non transferable warranty) from a company in business? If something is wrong with the hull you still pay either way. Only benefit of buying one from a company still in business would be that it MIGHT be easier to get replacement hardware that breaks; but since most boat manufactures purchase their hardware from a outside supplier anyway you can probably find it yourself and save money by not paying dealer prices for parts.
Anytime your buying a used boat plan on the transaction as being “as is – where is” and do your own “due diligence”.
Just a side note – I own a 99 Sport-Craft 211 WAC that I bought used four years ago and have put over 1000 engine hours on it and a BUNCH of miles (average 100 miles a trip – fish the oil rigs and barrier islands in the Gulf). I knew the company was in trouble when I bought it and got it for less then half the cost the guy I bought it from paid for it a year and a half earlier (have the original paperwork). Just had it in the shop to have the scratches and chips I put in the bottom repaired and the entire hull acid washed, wet sanded, buffed, and waxed ($1000.00) and it looks like new, ready for another 4 years of hard fishing.