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Old 03-02-2005, 04:09 AM
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Default SportCraft CC 160 Fishmaster anyone?

Anyone have one of these boats? Opinions on buying a used Sportcraft boat in general since they're out of business? Appreciate the help!
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Old 03-02-2005, 06:30 AM
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Default 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.
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Default RE: SportCraft CC 160 Fishmaster anyone?

I have a Sportcraft 232 Fishmaster. There hulls are fantastic, they left somthing on the table with their floors and engine stringers. Other than that if the price is right then I would say go for it. There is no difference between buying something out of warranty and something from a company out of business. If that were the case then there would be a surples of Oldsmobiles for sale
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Old 03-02-2005, 12:10 PM
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Default RE: SportCraft CC 160 Fishmaster anyone?

Thanks for the feedback guys. I'm having trouble finding any other Sportcraft 16 footers on the market to see how this one is priced. Also couldn't find any feedback on their smaller boats. It's been for sale for awhile, which tells me its too high. Also had me concerned as far as resale later down the road. I had been looking for a 15-17' Whaler when I came upon this one. I'm going to try and take a good look at it today. Thanks again!
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