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Old 06-29-2020, 12:14 AM
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Default First real boat purchase-Pursuit 2800 offshore CC-diesel

Greetings all. Loooong time reader, first time poster.

looking at buying our first boat on our own and would like some guidance. Itís a 1999 Pursuit 2800 CC Offshore with Yanmar 4LH-STP engines are about 1000hrs. (This is the inboard powered version of the 2870 fyi) Overall good shape, good 5ish year old electronics. boat has lived in the water for the last 2 years, and before that was most likely in dry storage on the east coast.

Our biggest concern is how to deal with the prebuy. Asking price is $45k but I think we could settle on the upper 30s. The current owner has had it a bit over 2 years. He did $8k in electrical work when he took ownership plus some nice cockpit enclosures.

Surveyors/yards are about 4 weeks out where we are in SoCal for a proper haul out and inspection. That said, weíre really trying to gauge how deep we should be going on a boat of this value and weighing it against basically losing a month of prime boating season in a tough market for boat buying. Weíve done a sea trial on it and all seems well enough. Thereís a handful of projects to work on but nothing beyond my scope or capability. Itís a pretty simple boat systems wise.

is there any guidance on what level of fine tooth comb we should be using?

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Should also ask, if the engines clear a mechanical inspection is there any worry in their longevity with 21 years on them already?
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The biggest concern would be the state of the two Yanmars, I would hire a separate mechanical surveyor who Specializes in Yanmar marine engines. Their age could be of some concern if they weren't properly maintained. Tony Athens has a very good write up regarding "Marine Age" you should definitely check out. If they are mechanically sound and the cooling system has been maintained they should be great engines for you.

I wouldn't worry too much about getting the boat in the alter to maximize your season, I would focus on making sure the survey is thorough as it is better to miss some time now than to be stuck with high dollar repairs and a boat on the hard for weeks at a time in future seasons.
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a 28 CC with 20 yr old twin diesels seems a headache to me. If you get into a repower situation the $'s won't make any sense. Unless that boat comes with a perfect folder of scheduled maintenance, I would try to find different boat with outboards.
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Originally Posted by Gunner38 View Post
a 28 CC with 20 yr old twin diesels seems a headache to me. If you get into a repower situation the $'s won't make any sense. Unless that boat comes with a perfect folder of scheduled maintenance, I would try to find different boat with outboards.
thanks Gunner. I was able to confirm the boat lived the first 18 years in indoor dry storage on the east coast so thatís something.

I will absolutely do a thorough engine survey
as I agree this is my biggest liability. I hear you on the outboards but the biggest selling point for us is... the lack of outboards. The open aft swim step makes the boat for us as divers and fishermen.
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Iíll say this if you do a lot of fishing you will welcome not having outboards. For me the fishability and rough weather handling more than make up for the lack of speed.
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If it's the boat I am thinking of, walk around cuddy cabin on bloodydecks, great looking boat, check a lot of boxes for me, don't be afraid to put it on a trailer, will stay in better shape.
If all checks out you will be getting a very versatile boat.
Good luck.
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Originally Posted by Ct Contender View Post
Iíll say this if you do a lot of fishing you will welcome not having outboards. For me the fishability and rough weather handling more than make up for the lack of speed.
yes. I fish. My wife and I dive. The completely open swim step makes the boat for us.
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Originally Posted by Reel 007 View Post
If it's the boat I am thinking of, walk around cuddy cabin on bloodydecks, great looking boat, check a lot of boxes for me, don't be afraid to put it on a trailer, will stay in better shape.
If all checks out you will be getting a very versatile boat.
Good luck.
nooooo. Not that boat. That one is terrible. Nobody should buy that. 🤔😉
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Great looking boat. If it is the one on Bloodydecks, its been for sale for two years. That should give you some bargaining power.
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I’m familiar with the 300 offshore with diesels, not the 28, but I can tell you it is one hell of a boat. It is a great dive boat with the inboards, and I doubt you will get into a repower situation with such low hours. Just have those motors surveyed with an independent mechanic to make sure no issues. It’s due for 1000 hour service which means aftercoolers being removed, cleaned and pressure tested. This is an expensive maintenance cost, so you will want to use that when negotiating on a final price.
i personally prefer the diesels to outboards for dive access, fish ability, reliability, and fuel consumption. I think you will be very happy with that boat if the deal works out!
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Offer accepted, now pending inspections.
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Originally Posted by FlyDive View Post
Offer accepted, now pending inspections.
Congrats, make sure on the sea trail to have both engines photo tacíd to make sure they are at least reaching, and hopefully exceed max rated RPMs. Yanmar tacs arenít always super accurate and the engines prefer to be slightly under propped.
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Originally Posted by Ct Contender View Post
Congrats, make sure on the sea trail to have both engines photo tacíd to make sure they are at least reaching, and hopefully exceed max rated RPMs. Yanmar tacs arenít always super accurate and the engines prefer to be slightly under propped.
thank you. Iíll make sure and ask about this.

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