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Old 04-04-2015, 06:00 PM
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I was just on Ebay looking and saw a few Sandy boats ( I am not looking to buy one just curious). What I was wondering who would buy a boat that was flooded or washed off its storage racks. I always thought when water gets to the wiring of a boat you have to remove it
to fight rust and corrosion.

Had you ever fix or bought a boat thats sank? Or Been flooded?
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Originally Posted by Bugsbunnyboater View Post
I was just on Ebay looking and saw a few Sandy boats ( I am not looking to buy one just curious). What I was wondering who would buy a boat that was flooded or washed off its storage racks. I always thought when water gets to the wiring of a boat you have to remove it
to fight rust and corrosion.

Had you ever fix or bought a boat thats sank? Or Been flooded?
All it takes is money. The problem is getting the boat at a low enough price where it makes financial sense to go through all systems. The seller of these boats will generally not prove the condition of the engines, transmissions and other equipment.

The bill to bring these boats back can be really high and it takes a lot of time to do the work yourself or to pay someone to do it for you.

In the end, you will spend less money buying a boat that did not have problems in a hurricane or flood.
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I was stationed in Highlands which was WRECKED by sandy. I thought hard and long about buying a "sandy boat". If I could have found an aluminum boat I would have done it as the wiring and motor aren't a hard fix. Waterlogged Fiberglass is no good.
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It's been a long time since Sandy hit.If there are still Boats around from Sandy that were damaged/sank or whatever....I wouldn't touch them with a ten foot pole!
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Originally Posted by Lone Ranger View Post
It's been a long time since Sandy hit.If there are still Boats around from Sandy that were damaged/sank or whatever....I wouldn't touch them with a ten foot pole!
You're right it has been. I reported in June 2014 to Highlands/sandy hook. It was still a mess. By the time I left (feb) a lot has changed but a lot was still in bad shape. People were just moving back into their homes, business just opening up, or construction starting, boats are the last thing on peoples minds.
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I lost my boat during Sandy. Others that bought back their boats

from the insurance company's and tried to fix them are regretting it.

Nothing but problems. I would never buy a Sandy boat.
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Treat them as a total loss. Motors, electrical all total loss. Lots of great hulls that where totaled by insurance companies and bought up by businesses at auction out there. Remember they paid pennies on the dollar so pay them a dime on the dollar. There are some good deals if you are ready to do some work. The hulls are fine. Fiberglass does not get "water logged".
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^ However the coring material most certainly can. That may be what he was referring to.
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After Ivan on the Gulf Coast there were thousands of boats for sale which had been sunk. Many of them were purchased for pennies on the dollar, and many were eventually cut up and taken to the dump when the new owners ran out of steam. Some of these boats were later given away, or sold for storage fees, when the owners gave up.

If it is just re-wiring, that is not all that bad, but often it is completely stripping out the interior, repairing holes in the hull, and then starting with a bare hull. The cost of a hull is about 25% of the end cost of a boat.
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I saw a lot of boats that were damaged after Ike Hit our area. And ton in the Galveston area..
I just cant believe that thy are trying to sell a Sea Ray on Ebay for 21k that was washed off the storage racks. I wounder if somebody will bid on it?
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Just as long as you know what you are getting......
Then it can be a hack of a deal
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The Hard Merchandise sank in her slip. She got a new diesel, wiring, electronics, and is still at it slaying giant bft's.
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My Blackfin was a total loss ,but was not sunk and motors and trans ,was not wet just running gear and deck damage ,I would say most boats did not tottaly sink so damage varies
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Originally Posted by Bugsbunnyboater View Post
Had you ever fix or bought a boat thats sank? Or Been flooded?
I once bought a boat that was stolen from the original owner, vandalized, flipped over and sunk. That boat is now over 30 years old, on its 3rd set of engines and still catching fish.

Wish it was still mine.
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A lot depends on the construction used (ie no foam, fully glassed wood construction, better than wood/foam or all foam/composite)
And what actually happened (ie did the helm wiring go under, or only the stern area, etc).
The second part you can never know the truth. While some of these deals look attractive, if you want a boat to use in the near future, I'd pass. Its just too much work, if you are doing it yourself. If you have another boat to use, want a project, like projects, have a place to work on it, etc, then it MIGHT make sense...or NOT....
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I would not be worried about a hull that was sunk. A boat is designed to be in the water. Plenty of boats have some water in their bilge at all times, and it rains too. Where does that water go. If a boat hull is destroyed by sinking, then there is something inherently wrong with the design of that boat.

On the other hand,expect the wiring to be toast, unless it was in fresh water and even then I would be suspect. Plenty of engines have been brought back from the dead after being sunk, but new motors with computer controls arent so simple. It doesnt take much corrosion to throw off a computer working on micro voltages. So, I wouldnt be interested in a newer outboard that sunk in salt water especially.

But, as a starting point, many of these Sandy hulls are probably in much better shape than many of the boats we see resurrected here. Grab a hull cheap, and expect have to replace anything electrical, and most things mechanical.
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I bought a Seacraft inboard that rolled in the inlet. Never had a problem with it. Sold it and the subsequent owner never had a problem with it.

A friend had his sink at the dock a year after repower. Refloated it, douched it, and ran it without any problems.
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Originally Posted by capt. thunder View Post
I lost my boat during Sandy. Others that bought back their boats

from the insurance company's and tried to fix them are regretting it.

Nothing but problems. I would never buy a Sandy boat.
i can garuntee thats becausr they cheaped out

boat needs to be totally rewired. no cutting corners or what is posted above is result. engines and transmissions can be pickled and brought back. engine harness needs replaced along with ALL electrical counter parts. all electrical motors componets on boat require replacement. tank needs to be cleaned along with fuel systems.

it is alot of work and alot of money. by the time your done you can by a fully functional boat that has not suffered. you will save yourself stress... money...
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As the spray settles after each event, the professionals sort out the damaged euipment.
The greatest deals immediately get taken. These boats just dissappear into repair facilities, barns, and storage facilities, until repaired and shown or marketed.
They will have been discovered through hard work by knowledgeable people. They will have been acquired through every known means of monetary transaction, and inside or outside deals.

By the time the rest of us get there, the real good ones are taken. Those are the ones that you hear about being the most wonderful deal of the century.
The other group of great deals are the ones in which massive amounts of personal work and/or money are applied to the boat.
In other words, the boat will be paid for in some way.

Note: all of the electronic and most electrical equipment is worthless when these boats are sunk or even partially sunk. Include the engines in particular.

Good Luck.

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