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Old 06-07-2019, 10:43 AM
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Looking at possibly pulling the trigger on a 2004 Wellcraft Coastal 290. I will post the link below. Owner spent a ton of money on extras and its very well maintained from the looks of it. Just curious if anyone see any issues and if the price looks right? Found another coastal near me for 20k less but it was beat real bad so im thinking this price may be about right. Appreciate any advice.

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Old 06-07-2019, 05:27 PM
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Old 06-08-2019, 08:47 AM
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All I can offer is that boat looks great. Someone really took care of it.
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If the outboards check out then you have a winner.
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Old 06-08-2019, 11:53 PM
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Thanks guys. It was really kept up with. One of my concerns is whether 225s are underpowered for this hull? Seems like a big boat for 225s
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Old 06-09-2019, 04:04 AM
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Capt Obvious says to be aware of the exhaust corrosion issue. Not necessarily a deal breaker, however if the exhaust corrosion gets to the block it can get ugly.

As far as power I would bet it does about 40MPH WOT and will cruise at 28-30 MPH. Is that good enough for your usage?
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Maybe get a buc value pro subscription and see what it says about value. Use it as a negotiating tool. Do not use asking prices as comps. You will leave money on the table. Did that on my first boat and overpaid by 2k or so.
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Old 06-09-2019, 06:42 AM
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Good hull. Wiring sucks and access to bilge area is nearly impossible. Yes, underpowered.
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Will not be fast with that power. But if you are looking at that set up you are not looking for speed. Cruise loaded down will Be below 30.

like capt obvious, I would want to see the receipts for the exhaust repair. No outboard maint records= keep looking

me, I donít like the thruster install. Besides lots of questions I canít answer by a couple pics, who needed bow and stern thrusters on a 28í twin outboard??

lot of boat there. That brand Ian know for a lot of creature comforts but all those add ins and gizmos further weigh down a naturally bloated hull with min power already.

Make sure you can access and service all that stuff easily- because like all boats you will be

to ME thatís a 40-50k boat
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$65k with 15 yr old engines just doesn't feel like any kind of a deal to me. Bare in mind I'm old and cheap.
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I don't like the bow thruster as well. I'd move on based on that, or at least price it based on cost to remove.

Most my boating is on a single inboard so any boat that can turn it's props is a step up...
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Old 06-09-2019, 12:20 PM
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Iíve actually heard a couple people mention the thrusters too. What is so bad about them? I thought it would be a good thing?
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Old 06-09-2019, 12:38 PM
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Iíve actually heard a couple people mention the thrusters too. What is so bad about them? I thought it would be a good thing?
Look at them, they are just glued on Pods. No way I'm paying that kind of money with those appendages and 15 year old Yamaha 225s
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ive read you could take them off and glass over the holes. Ive also read they work better than the through hull type. I dont think id even use them as i have no problem docking, but figured they were supposedly almost $15,000 installed so i figured i was just getting a $15k bonus if i bought it when the thrusters. The appearance doesn't bother me, but im curious if anyone has any experience with external thrusters?
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ive read you could take them off and glass over the holes. Ive also read they work better than the through hull type. I dont think id even use them as i have no problem docking, but figured they were supposedly almost $15,000 installed so i figured i was just getting a $15k bonus if i bought it when the thrusters. The appearance doesn't bother me, but im curious if anyone has any experience with external thrusters?
I'm sure they function as designed and work great, It's the form I can't get over. The back isn't that big of a deal you'd never see it and it's protected but the front, my goodness It's going to be hanging out front just waiting to get ripped off or knocked off. Can you even trailer it? What about docking or beaching it? I'm not trying to be harsh but that install to me knocks 15k of value off, it doesn't add any. They are asking top dollar, it's your money so up to you if it's worth it. Have you seen it in person? Have them send you a pic that shows the whole bow. The pictures are taken very creatively so you can't tell exactly what's going on with size and placement and all that.

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Not much help here, but if I was selling my boat, I would not put pictures of undersized sea bass in the listing.
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... or the carpet.
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Old 06-10-2019, 10:58 AM
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I think 2004 225 still had exhaust corrosion issues. google Yamaha F225 Corrosion
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Originally Posted by Lookinup76 View Post
I'm sure they function as designed and work great, It's the form I can't get over. The back isn't that big of a deal you'd never see it and it's protected but the front, my goodness It's going to be hanging out front just waiting to get ripped off or knocked off. Can you even trailer it? What about docking or beaching it? I'm not trying to be harsh but that install to me knocks 15k of value off, it doesn't add any. They are asking top dollar, it's your money so up to you if it's worth it. Have you seen it in person? Have them send you a pic that shows the whole bow. The pictures are taken very creatively so you can't tell exactly what's going on with size and placement and all that.
I have seen the boat. In great condition. The thrusters sit just below the water line. They claim the bow thruster does not get in the way of beaching it or anything. I do plan on trailering it, so i would certainly like to see it being put on a trailer before i make a serious offer. If it cant be trailered with that pod, then i definitely dont want it.
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I think 2004 225 still had exhaust corrosion issues. google Yamaha F225 Corrosion
Yes sir, but they just replaced the exhaust
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