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Buying Old TwinVee, worth it?

Old 06-08-2019, 02:02 PM
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Hello,
I'm considering on buying a 2004 twin Vee Weekender.
I'm in Panama and there aren't many choices here for cats.
My question is:
Would you spend 15k on an old twin Vee with 2x140 suzuki ( 2005)?

it's been seating for nearly 2 years I heard.
I can't tell the miles on them. I plan to take a mechanic for a general checkup before i buy.

Why I'm considering:
I like cats
I need something to commute, I live 5 miles(7km) out the nearest village.
It's already registered in Panama instead of looking for something in Miami and import,pay tax etc..
Not many cat choices here.

disclaimer: I'm new to boating and this will be my first boat.
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Old 06-10-2019, 03:25 AM
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Make sure it's not leaking or delaminating. I remember a few threads about the Twin Vee's delimitation problem.
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Only if you can sea trial it for at least 1 hour and put it thru it's paces....my boat is from 1987....how you maintain things make difference
best of luck!!!
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There’s a lot of old Twin Vee’s out there . They are tough and should be ready for repower. Pull interior plugs to make sure no water in hull and weigh the boat if possible. Compare weight to specs from that year.
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Originally Posted by sydngoose View Post
Make sure it's not leaking or delaminating. I remember a few threads about the Twin Vee's delimitation problem.
Thanks I will check for that.
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
Only if you can sea trial it for at least 1 hour and put it thru it's paces....my boat is from 1987....how you maintain things make difference
best of luck!!!
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Yes I plan to do a sea trial.
The Hard part is finding a good Mechanic in this region, to come along with me and test everything. It's been a week searching for someone.
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Originally Posted by Sweetwater500 View Post
There’s a lot of old Twin Vee’s out there . They are tough and should be ready for repower. Pull interior plugs to make sure no water in hull and weigh the boat if possible. Compare weight to specs from that year.
Ok, that's gonna be a hard one to do. How about the old Suzuki ( 2005) should I be expecting more life out of these motors?
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I just found that the tank is full of gas and it's been seating for 2 years. So i guess I got to drain that out.
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Ok the boat is not starting. Motors need to change fuel pump just do a check if the motors are even running. I hope the owner pays for them before I buy.
the quote is $3000 to change all the basics to get the boat going.

15,000 + 3000 tune up. 18,000 for an old twin vee
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
Only if you can sea trial it for at least 1 hour and put it thru it's paces....my boat is from 1987....how you maintain things make difference
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Thanks I found out that the motors been seating for a very long time.
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Wouldn't pay his price unless they are running. If he won't get them running, tell him you want it priced as hull only. Go into it thinking you have to repower. Pair of zuk 150s, think the dealer price is around 12 per if you can salvage the controls. Get the deal done then take it to a zuke dealer to see if they can be saved.
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You seriously need to weigh the boat! I had a 2000 and it was water logged all the foam was soaked and the deck is 3/4" plywood with no protection under the deck so all the ply was water logged to. Loved the boat but they do shit work.
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If your still interested in the boat you have to check the engine holder for rot. Take off the plastics and have a look at the steel plug they all rot out and ruin the holder if you dont get rid of the steel plug. The engines them self's a great and you should bring a small gas tank with you to look at the boat and drain the vst tanks of all gas or water and try to start them again. If they start warm them up and do a compression check. If that checks out and you can get a good deal on it might be worth buying.

I don't think anyone who can't do basic work on there boat should buy an older boat. To many things go wrong that you can fix for 50-200$ that mechanics charge 1500-3000 for
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$18K for a twin engine cat is a good price if the motors are running well.
But if the motors are not running to begin with, and they want $3,000 just to start fixing them, it could be a lot more before you get them back into shape.

The previous owner did not even rinse the salt off the covers, the Trim motors at $500 each are all rusted, so the inside of the motors probably look terrible too.
It will probably cost you about $25K to replace the motors, the entire electrical system will probably require work, so you could easily have 43,000-$50,000 in the hull, which is still not overpriced for a cat with new power and electrical, but a lot more than you want to spend, and would make it hard to sell if you don't like it.

If you are needing something reliable to get to work daily and are not crossing an open ocean with a lot of waves, I would think that a brand new 20' panga with a 60 hp with a bimini top, console, and floor would cost around $20k, and this boat with a garuntee on the motor will save you $20 dlls a day just in gas. The panga will get around 10 miles per gallon compared to 2 mpg for the cat, and I would not want to lose my job if the boat has trouble starting.
The panga is probably what the local fisherman use, so motors, parts and mechanics to work on them will be easier to find, which is also vital for daily use.
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Dont walk but run from that deal.
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I had the same hull but older, powered with the same motors. I used mine for scuba diving and it handled carrying about 2000 pounds payload quite well. The forward deck/windshield sheds water like a duck, the low gunnel height was never an issue and the weight forward helps the boat run flat. The boat is great in a chop.I ran mine 60 miles offshore quite regularly. If you intend to troll (I did not), I would not buy it because of tunnel slap, but to run in a 2-3’ chop, point it down sea and let it rip to get on top then set your course. It is a very easy boat to operate. No tabs needed and it stays on the course you point it without much course adjustment. The 140’s are perfect for the boat if you are OK cruising under 30 mph. A pair of115’s would be fine pushing the boat if you needed to repower. Anything heavier hanging on the transom and you will be standing in water. The DF140 Suzuki’s are solid engines but can have corrosion problems if the zinks are not kept up, flushed religiously and washed off. You can go through the fuel system yourself if you follow YouTube. The boat’s build quality back then wasn’t great so I would look hard for hull issues or pay a Surveyor to go through it. You cannot fault the ride in a chop.
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