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Would you buy this fixer upper?

Old 06-12-2019, 09:12 PM
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Default Would you buy this fixer upper?

1992 20 Stratos Hydra Sport
Evinrude 175, not sure what year but its older, will try to find that out.
He wants $2500

These are the problems
Something wrong w Compression
Needs water pump
Inteller kit
Needs Spark plugs
Needs Wiring
Needs Fuses
Livewell might not be working
Need trim & tilt fluid
He has title
Gauges are cracked
T top needs a canvas

Worth it or no?

Just looking for opinions.

Tried to upload pics but it wont let me... I guess because I'm new to the forum.

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Old 06-12-2019, 09:59 PM
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No compression, engine is junk, hull needs a decent amount of dollars spent. How's the trailer?

Do the math; new engine, rewire, new upholstery, more than likely needs cleaning everywhere, what else? Add in your time. When do you want to use it?
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I like that hull but I don't think I would. Motor sounds shot, many other issues= severely neglected boat! Keep looking for a good package, boat, motor and trailer. my 2 cents...
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Agree with above notes. This would be a project (nightmare?), not a good financial deal. Me thinks you can do better.
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Tell the seller you’d haul it away for $200
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That's just what the seller has admitted to? - my guess is that you'd be buying just a shell of a hull that possibly needs some structural work and definitely needs a complete refit, a scrap engine which may give you some useful parts - is there a trailer? if so is it as neglected as the rest?

Look at it that and decide whether it's worth $2500.
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Pass. Not worth the headache.
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Originally Posted by Czech_mate View Post
Pass. Not worth the headache.
you will never get that boat on the water. And if you do. Would it be reliable?
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Do a rough estimate of expenditures to fix the boat/motor/electrics/trailer/time etc. Add it to the $2500 purchase price, and see what u could purchase in the used boat market.
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No compression + no trim and tilt scare me the most. That said, I might be tempted if I loved the hull and genuinely wanted to tinker. I am thinking of taking possession of my fathers whaler for the sale purpose of tinkering (it is a disaster).

If you doing to to get on the water, there are likely a million better options.
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engine needs major work which means at least you need to buy a used good condition engine. If the hull and trailer were both good, value the engine at zero.
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I probably would not take it for free. It's needs a new motor, it sounds like it was poorly maintained, so there's probably other problems that you have not seen yet, and it's not a classic or sought-after boat that would have a good resale price.
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I’d do it if the hull was a seacraft, Aqua sport, or Mako. Definitely not for a stratos.

just assume the motor is junk. Not worth fixing up.

Would you buy that hull for 2500? Not me.
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I'd start by offering the haul that POS off his property for free, and then work up from there. Probably cap out at a couple of hundos IF the hull was in good shape and the trailer was ready to roll.
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Originally Posted by Swedeviking1 View Post

you will never get that boat on the water. And if you do. Would it be reliable?
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When it comes to old boats and fixer-uppers, if you have to ask, it usually isn’t worth it.
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If this were your boat, what would you sell it for? Or, more realistically, how much would you pay to dispose of it?
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Pass on the boat.

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