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Old 08-11-2011, 08:59 AM
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I am going to look at and older coastal, it is a 87 32' has approx 1100 hours in which both motors were change in 02 aswell 03 , I am not going to buy it tommorow but look, anyone know if there is a known issue that I should look for first thanks
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:14 AM
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The boats are great. No issue with the boats.
Problem comes in if you try and trailer them. To wide to pull without permits.
I"d pay more attention to the motors then I would the boat. Heavy boat and not that good on fuel but its not the adv walk around if that's the boat your talking about. Loaded with about everything you need for any type of trip on the water.
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I recently picked up a 1988 28 coastal at a good price. I purchased it mainly as a refurb project boat to work on with my sons and so far things are going well. One thing I was told to check on that model made in the 87/88 time period was check the stringers for rot. They are fixable but it is a lot of work. One other thing I found on the 28 is there is no clearence to the outboard side of the engines to perform service even to change the spark plugs due to the holding tank and the fresh water tank so you may want to look at that and take it into concideration. All and all though I am very happy with the layout of the boat and the general construction. PM me if you like and I can send you some pics.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:46 AM
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i have the 1986 coastal and the outside plugs aret that bad.you have to do them by feel but no issue.all in all a very nice layout and fishes 8 lines as well as anything else out there in that size boat
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Here is a picture of the engine space on the 2800 coastal. The left hand side of the engine is almost against the holding tank which makes it difficult to service that side of the engine but it is do able.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:06 AM
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I am a small engine wrench turner so the plugs should not be an issue a pia maybe . Im sure it will like fuel, esp with twin 454,s . Wharfrat1963 you mentioned in regards to rot in the stringers , did they give you a location in in where they are noted for the rot

thanks , and yes if i buy it it will be my project, like i need anymore
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:18 AM
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Just sent you an attachment to a review article describing the good and the bad of the boat. So far I havent encountered anything real bad on the one we are working other than deciding how I want to repower it.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:33 AM
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is the beam different on the 28 compared to the 32 as the boat i am looking at is a 32
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:36 AM
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I run a newer 33 coastal and the beam is 12+ feet. You can get around the engines if needed. I'm assuming the the 32 would be in proportion.
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Originally Posted by MTS Sportfishing View Post
I run a newer 33 coastal and the beam is 12+ feet. You can get around the engines if needed. I'm assuming the the 32 would be in proportion.

I got 11'5 thanks
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I had an 86 32 Coastal for 7 years and it was overall a very sweet boat.

Plenty of room between the engines but outboard was the water tanks, so plug changes were tight. Very different down there then the newer 33's where the engines are a lot closer together.

Overall fit and finish was OK, stringer installs were sloppy and my 454 Mercs were barely on their mounts cause the stringer spacing was wrong.

Had a few gel coat issues from the gunnels up, air pockets, voids, but the hull was always excellent.

The bulkheads between the helm and dinette rot out and also between the dash and head. I replaced the one near the dinette fairly easy, the other I never did. Matter of fact the dinette side wall had bowed so much the door wasn't closing right. Years of washing the decks and the end grain of the plywood just soaked up the water.

Also had issues with the rear deck hatches, Wellcraft just drilled holes thru and installed simple pulls, water got into wood in hatches.

Check the seat area on the cabin top, if it ever had the snaps for a cushion all the holes there may be wet/rotted.

Nice boat for fishing, plenty of deck space and easy to get to the helm with 1 step up, visibility while running was good. 2800-3000 rpm would get 18-20 kts cruise 4200rpm at the top with around 27kts.

Sorry I sold mine.
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my family had a 1985 3200 coastal from 1995 to around 2000. Ours had twin mercruiser 454's. That was an awesome boat, especially for the money. We used to cruise around 2800 rpms. I caught my first yellowfin, first bluefin, first mako, etc all on that boat. A lot of boat for the money, i believe it had two tanks for a total of 300 gallon capacity, we used to fish up to 60 miles offshore with it, but it definetly didnt have canyon range.
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my family had a 1985 3200 coastal from 1995 to around 2000. Ours had twin mercruiser 454's. That was an awesome boat, especially for the money. We used to cruise around 2800 rpms. I caught my first yellowfin, first bluefin, first mako, etc all on that boat. A lot of boat for the money, i believe it had two tanks for a total of 300 gallon capacity, we used to fish up to 60 miles offshore with it, but it definetly didnt have canyon range.
290 gallons on mine.
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I had a chance to look at the well craft som epics attached to the problems i had seen, the owner said i could bring over batteries and go through the electronics and engines etc, I did notice a few feet back of the pulpit there are some soft spots, the glass is good , I imagine the water came through the top hatch, the head liner would have to be pulled down and fixed from the inside alsothere are hairline cracks running in most of the compartment in the galley #21, seemed strange to me , there is rot on the base on the supports that hold both fuel tanks#15 , a decent split on one of the stringers strbrd side 3/4 back #14, I was surprised that these motors are not fresh water cooled , oil and trans oil were clean with no water, , outside of the hulll in gd conditoin aswell the bottom, I am not sure if the transom is like and boat with an outboard solid, this one seems above the water line and above the deck not solid.

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All and all it doesnt look to bad from the pics. The one thing I would investigate more is the cracks under the hatch in the galley and see whats going on there. I believe the transom in my coastal is all fiberglass so it doesnt seem as solid as a transon that has wood core to it but I will have to double check that when I head back down to work on it next week. Guess it realy depends on how big of a project boat you want but it does look like it could be a fun one to do.
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Those stringers are worrisome where they are bleeding out the color from the wood.

The cracking and splitting may have been that they held so much water they froze and cracked over the
winters.

From my earliuer post: "...stringer installs were sloppy..." In my case I had to seal up some of the weep holes where they had just cut out w/o sealing the wood to prevent water from getting in.

I'd skip this one.
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So DR what did you decide on that Wellcraft you were looking at?
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I almost purchased a 1992 Coastal with twin Yamaha outboards. Fortunately, someone on FS forum jumped in and told me all the issues he had with his so I did a bit more investigation into the stringers and deck. A moisture meter would have proved futile since the cheap plywood used as stringers turned completely to powder, there was nothing inside the glass layup. I drilled a hole in them and could not believe what I found. As you can see by your pictures, water easily gets into those stringers, they are not well sealed. Additionally, the guy that sent me the PMs on all the issues on his noted that Wellcraft did not fillet the stringers when the boat was built. He knew this because he tore his apart to fix the mess and then dumped it.

The layout is really nice, that is what sold me on the boat in the first place.
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