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Old 12-01-2020, 02:13 PM
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Hello everyone I just test drive a 1997 20ft Proline 200 with a mercury 150hp on it. take the boat for a ride and it performed great and it was a good price and came with trailer but the problem was when it was seating in the water at the boat ramp I saw the boat is not level.
so i told the marina guy who i know well and he is a very honest guy( he is the owner) and he said its most likely water in the hull trapped and he did drill some hole in the bottom and water start poring out. it was not saltwater so he said is coming from the screws on the top and he is going to leave the holes open until spring and shrink wrap the boat and in the spring he is going to try to drying the hull with warm air and shop vacuum and then close the holes with fiberglass. he said bc there is no wood in the hull and no soft spot it will be fine!!
it is a good price so I and i did liked the boat what are your suggestion?? will that boat be good if he do that + re sealing all the bolt and screws on the boat?
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Hello everyone I just test drive a 1997 20ft Proline 200 with a mercury 150hp on it. take the boat for a ride and it performed great and it was a good price and came with trailer but the problem was when it was seating in the water at the boat ramp I saw the boat is not level.
so i told the marina guy who i know well and he is a very honest guy( he is the owner) and he said its most likely water in the hull trapped and he did drill some hole in the bottom and water start poring out. it was not saltwater so he said is coming from the screws on the top and he is going to leave the holes open until spring and shrink wrap the boat and in the spring he is going to try to drying the hull with warm air and shop vacuum and then close the holes with fiberglass. he said bc there is no wood in the hull and no soft spot it will be fine!!
it is a good price so I and i did liked the boat what are your suggestion?? will that boat be good if he do that + re sealing all the bolt and screws on the boat?
Find a boat that does not have water intrusion issues. Should be a no brainer.
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I think you trusted the wrong guy. There area lot of reasons why water can get in the bilge of a boat. Drilling a hole in the bottom is never the solution to removing that water. That hole will need to be repaired by a competent fiberglass guy (not the guy who drilled the hole in the hull).
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Hard pass! He's selling it cheap because he knows what is wrong.
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Run, don't walk
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have a boat expert look at it, you cant get a real answer from a post, or have it surveyed you will need that anyway for insurance purpose

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Have you ever noticed someone selling something that is not as should always dismiss the issue as a simple fix that for some simple reason they can not get to. For me it's a hard pass.
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Agree run away. Dumb to drill holes in boat--access from above. No wood in the hull, but I'll bet wood in the deck--and where leaking there is most likely some rot.
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Hmmm. 23 year old boat with water trapped in the hull for an unknown amount of time. What issues could that have?
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Based on what you described water is getting into someplace it shouldn't be. That area is either waterlogged, or inaccessible to the bilge pump(s). (Water poured out of the holes he drilled.) Personally, if I were the owner, and wasn't sure of where the water was sitting, I would exhaust means of pumping the water out from the topside, including drill a hole, and using a deckplate to cover once I pumped all water out. If I know it was in the coring, then the rememdy is replace coring, or drill holes, and hope enough of the coring dries out over the winrter. .

In either event you should run, and you don't know hold long the water sat there, nor what damage it caused
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My neighbor has a 20ft Cuddy Proline with a single 150hp Merc. It lists badly to the port side. Water is trapped on the outboard side of the stringers. We removed the battery and cut a 4 inch hole under it. Dug out the foam and pumped all the water out. All the gunnel penetrations on that side drain into this inescapable place.
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Keep looking, you'll find another one. I wouldn't want that headache, there is probably something else that will need fixing on a 23 year old boat in addition to the water in the hull.
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I really like Prolines, but this one is a hard pass if the water intrusion is not easily found. Pass never the less.
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I had this same boat one model bigger. No wood but that foam is going to be soaked! I’d pass.
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I show it to someone that do boat repair and he looked at it and says it should be fine if you do it right. he did not find any soft spot on it! the marina guy who have it told me use it for the next summer and if you are not happy i will sail it and find you a different one. thanks for all the help but for the price I end up buying it and taking my chance!! the electronic and trailer and outboard worth just what i am paying for it. i hope it works out for me...
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Originally Posted by AshI View Post
I show it to someone that do boat repair and he looked at it and says it should be fine if you do it right. he did not find any soft spot on it! the marina guy who have it told me use it for the next summer and if you are not happy i will sail it and find you a different one. thanks for all the help but for the price I end up buying it and taking my chance!! the electronic and trailer and outboard worth just what i am paying for it. i hope it works out for me...
think of it this way. How many people at 200# sitting in the back will make it sag that far? 6? That’s 1200# and at 11# a gallon that is 54 gallons of water the foam soaked up.
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Could barely read the post but from what I got the seller made out like a bandit.
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Could barely read the post but from what I got the seller made out like a bandit.
Gotta be a troll
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Would be surprised if you could find a hull that old without water in it. Wood would have sucked it up and been rotten. Never will be able to dry it out. Get as much out as possble then go enjoy the boat.

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