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Old 05-08-2019, 07:28 PM
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There is something about these boats that I like, the look, the huge cockpit etc. I have looked at them for years and may do something soon. I can get a set of Cummins RTOs, 270hp 6bt that have been gone through and are good to go. I have seen a couple of 33s that would be good to take out the 454s and drop these into. Anyone have any experience with these 33s?
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I have a 1989 3300 flybridge converted from twin 454 to twin 315 hp cummins 6bt. Iíve only owned it for a couple months. Going through the systems getting it ready for summer making sure thereís no hidden problems. I havenít seen many with diesels. At least not in my area. South mississippi/Louisiana.
Not sure if you found any info you were looking for on doing this swap. If I can help with photos let me know.
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Years ago this was considered one of the few boats that you could convert to diesel and get your money back when you sold it. Not sure about today's market.
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Years ago this was considered one of the few boats that you could convert to diesel and get your money back when you sold it. Not sure about today's market.
No way, there is ZERO market for anything inboard unless a large diesel sportfish, mechanics are not even training for them, its ALL putboards. As an investment, its a poor decision, but boats are not investments, and if YOU like the boat and want to put your money into it, by all means do, but just dont expect to get but a fraction of what you invest.

Iím in same boat, looking at an older Phoenix, but I know what to expect, having just come out of a Tiara on insurance loss, but was unable to garner ANY interest when I had it up for sale, no matter how much I dropped the price, no serious calls, and it was a very nice boat with many upgrades I did.
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I'd look at reliability over investment. Few people can buy a boat needing work, fix it up to sell and break even.
If the boat is solid and it is what you want, make it what you want.
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I purchased an old Tiara 3600 Conv last summer. Itís a very well made boat and worthy of spending money on. Mine has 30 year old crusaders in her. They run great and push the boat along fine. I do not know if I could ever justify doing a diesel conversion as you are almost guaranteed to lose money in the long term. Another option in this segment is a Bertram 33 Sportfish...
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Terrible idea, guaranteed to lose money. But pretty much what I just bought this boat to do. It will never sell for what the engines will cost me. I looked at similar boats with new engines, asking less than the engines had to cost, so I know it is a bad idea financially. But I'll have the boat I really want, for a lot less than buying a newer one for a lot more money.

It seems strange to me that old boats with newer engines don't sell for what they cost. The ones I found and considered, seemed like screaming good deals. But I just had to buy one that might need engines, because it is, or will be, the perfect boat.
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No way, there is ZERO market for anything inboard unless a large diesel sportfish, mechanics are not even training for them, its ALL putboards. As an investment, its a poor decision, but boats are not investments, and if YOU like the boat and want to put your money into it, by all means do, but just dont expect to get but a fraction of what you invest.

Iím in same boat, looking at an older Phoenix, but I know what to expect, having just come out of a Tiara on insurance loss, but was unable to garner ANY interest when I had it up for sale, no matter how much I dropped the price, no serious calls, and it was a very nice boat with many upgrades I did.
I currently have a 1994 Phoenix sfx convertible for sale.
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It's funny how every thread turns into an inboard vs outboard thread. 33 tiara is a nice boat. Very worthy of a diesel conversion. You are obviously looking to use and keep the boat if that is what your plan is. Do it you won't regret it. If your not financing you won't lose much money if you decide to sell. the fishability of the boat will be worth what you spend.
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Thank you all for input. I still look at these but went another way. Who knows what the future has in store!
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Originally Posted by 2015superjet View Post
I currently have a 1994 Phoenix sfx convertible for sale.
Is it listed on here? I am seriously looking for one, thanks
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Originally Posted by Smoke n Mirrors View Post
No way, there is ZERO market for anything inboard unless a large diesel sportfish, mechanics are not even training for them, its ALL putboards.
That may be in some parts of the country (where are you, Florida?) but elsewhere this is not the case. Here in the Northeast there are inboards everywhere, same on the Great Lakes.

It's not only a CC world out there, especially in the colder climates. There's something to be said for a cabin for shelter against the wind, for overnighting, cruising, etc. Lots of these boats are inboards. And heck, most all the downeasters and day boats are too. Folks like a clean transom, ease of carrying a dinghy, etc.

It's a big world out there!

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It seems like high-quality older boats should start getting more desirable. New boat prices have been shooting up for years, and most aren't built to last ten years. I can't be the only person not interested in shiny newer boats.
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Originally Posted by Fiddlehead View Post
That may be in some parts of the country (where are you, Florida?) but elsewhere this is not the case. Here in the Northeast there are inboards everywhere, same on the Great Lakes.

It's not only a CC world out there, especially in the colder climates. There's something to be said for a cabin for shelter against the wind, for overnighting, cruising, etc. Lots of these boats are inboards. And heck, most all the downeasters and day boats are too. Folks like a clean transom, ease of carrying a dinghy, etc.

It's a big world out there!
Ditto. If you have a Tiara for sale in the Great Lakes, in the spring, thatís in good shape for a decent price, you will sell it in a week. Highly sought after by fisherman and cruisers alike.
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Default I have a 3300 with diesels that was converted

I purchased my 3300 with Cummins 330 6bta diesels in her. I paid $37k from a broker. She originally had gas engines and the boat is an 89 and was converted to diesel in 1999. I love the boat. I hope by me giving you the price of what I paid, perhaps it helps your decision. Good luck.

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