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I come across many boats for sale almost immediately after an outboard repower. Curious of the reasons. Is the ride is different after a repower? Insurance check refit after a partial or full submerge?

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Originally Posted by fathoms View Post
I come across many boats for sale almost immediately after an outboard repower. Curious of the reasons. Is the ride is different after a repower? Insurance check refit after a partial or full submerge?
My guess is that this is usually the case on high end high dollar boats for warranty purposes and to help with the sale.
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easier to sell running boat.
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I would like the boat with some new higher HP engines.... they get them and realize that there was more to upgrade that was more foundational than just the engines.... couple extra _____ would be nice....
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Lots of folks not sweating the nickels just want to see the old one move so the new ride has a spot in the driveway - a new bullet can really facilitate this.
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I have an 18 year-old boat now. I have had a few boat/outboard dealers tell me that if I plan on repowering, I better really like my hull, and I should also plan on keeping the boat for another 7 to 8 years. If not, sell with original power and buy a new boat.
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Toothpick I have 96 single powered Islander. Repowered with a 2018 Suzuki 300 AP. Completely different boat now. As said above, I do like the boat and to me a 26k investment got me a sound reliable boat that cruises 5 kts faster gets almost twice the range and fuel economy. Try buying a boat in the class of an Islander today without a mortgage payment. If your hull is sound and you like the boat I feel a repower is a great option.
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I don’t know why folks do this. My guess is they feel new outboards will make the boat seem “like new” again. A year or two later, they find it’s the same old boat with a new engine, and that’s not good enough. Need to sell the old one and get a new one.
This is my best guess... I don’t fully understand.
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Originally Posted by fathoms View Post
I come across many boats for sale almost immediately after an outboard repower. Curious of the reasons. Is the ride is different after a repower? Insurance check refit after a partial or full submerge?
might have something to do with the current unemployment rate.
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Easier or faster sale, or maybe an inflated view of value after the repower.
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It’s like when a guy gets tired of his wife and thinks a pair of bolt ons will fix the problem.
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If you read enough posts here you will see time and time again guys with a problem engine asking if they should te power then sell. If that many are asking here you can pretty much bet a lot of people are doing it.
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Originally Posted by Goose77 View Post
I don’t know why folks do this. My guess is they feel new outboards will make the boat seem “like new” again. A year or two later, they find it’s the same old boat with a new engine, and that’s not good enough. Need to sell the old one and get a new one.
This is my best guess... I don’t fully understand.
Yep. People repowering often want something a repower doesn’t solve.
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Not to hijack the thread....

....but as a buyer, would you rather payup for a repowered used boat or save the cash for an original/very old motor? Where do you find better value?
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Not just out boards... when I was looking for an Inboard/outboard there were a LOT of listings that said "new engine" ... then I bought one with 750 hours on it and it blew up the first weekend I owned it... stupid mistake there! Still dont know why so many people repower and then sell.
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I would rather buy the 20yo “boat of my dreams” unpowered and cheap and then do my own re-power. I don’t think most people would want to be bothered. I wouldn’t want to buy the old engines I was just going to replace anyway.
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In my experience almost every bare hull out there is trash. I wish there was a better selection of good hulls out there needing repower because I’d much rather put my own new engines on rather than get some with a couple hundred hours on them and a warranty transfer headache.

seems sellers are operating under the assumption that a bare hull is of disproportionately lower value. I think they’re right.
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IMO it is to make money, seen tons of older repowered boats on here for sale that the money doesn't seem to add up. For example a $8k hull cleaned up and repowered with a new $10k Suzuki asking $35k, must work though as it is very common.
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In my opinion it is because they are sick of spending so much money. You see the same thing with electronics, lights, and painting. Costs are just stupid expensive and when you make the decision to repower, you minimize the other costs in your mind. Controls, new wiring components, new batteries, dull gelcoat next to shiny motors...the list is endless. After the cost trama, you just want to sell it when you can recover some of the money. Wow, just spent $60,000 and use the boat 100 hours a year and have to spend $500 or $600 a month to service, pay detailer, pay insurance, pay diver, store trailer and fix stuff living in salt water. But, we are boaters and a few months later you start to get the itch again

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