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Old 07-21-2015, 03:12 PM
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Hey all. What do you think of this bilge? Kind of worries me
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Old 07-21-2015, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by onmy6 View Post
Hey all. What do you think of this bilge? Kind of worries me
That is not the bilge of a well cared for boat.
Old 07-21-2015, 03:28 PM
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why would it worry you? is it yours? If so , your a slob. if your thinking of buying it, the owners a slob. if its your neighbors, dont go for a boat ride.
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Amazing what a little tilex and a hose will do.
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Its dirty but i see new filters, new fuel lines and bulbs newer looking livewell pump..

Not everyone cleans their bilge regularly..( even though i do every trip )
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you guys are so nice! Its a gulfstream 232 i am looking at. I havent been around many "older boats" or new for that matter but the ones I have never had a bilge like this. I am thinking through inspection and use is as a negotiating point.
The owner is a captain and master mechanic (as said by the broker add)... his ad on c list never mentions this but pop yachts does haha...
I am thinking a solid day of family cleaning could get that bilge sparkling
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It's rather like looking under the hood of a car. Some guys may never detail it, but still ensure all the service schedules are met - yes it may look a mess, but that doesn't mean the oily bits haven't been attended to.
My guess is this boat isn't shiny and polished but maybe owned by a guy who pays people to service it but doesn't lavish care and attention on it. This is rather how my boat was, but after 4 years of ownership it looks somewhat better than the day it became mine.
If the service records check out, and you're prepared to put the cleaning hours into it, it's not necessarily a boat to avoid.
The majority of boaters aren't as enthusiastic as the THT crowd.
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My bilge was dirty (not that dirty) but dirty. Engines were perfect, the guy just didnt worry about the small stuff. Amazing what purple power, bleach, and an electric pressure washer did. Perfectly white and zero oil or smells.
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Plenty of boats on the market. If I was buying again, I'd buy from someone on THT. It's just not worth the headache to buy a boat not cared for. You'd be surprised in the fact that the prices are not much different.

This boat specifically could be fine but I'd rather see one that looks perfect.
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Rather buy one dirty and is not cleaned than one is all cleaned had has a new coat of clear. Dirty you can see any leaks. A cleaning and coat of clear will make it look shiny and stop small leaks for a few days. Been used at car lots for years.....


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Hmmm thats interesting doug... one thing a friend pointed out was non rusted hose clamps. In his ad he never mentioned fuel lines... but they could be new. He thinks there might be a leak in the deck
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That black could be from a chronic oil leak from the 2 stroke oil reservoir.
Is it powered by 2 stroke engines?

Is it oil-it looks like oil to me.

Make sure its not soot (fire?).

Those 232s were pretty much tanks, but getting older now. I would definitely suspect transom rot and tank corrosion.
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Reminds me, I need to polish mine.
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This may be a case where smell is more important than sight. Is it just dirty or is there more going on there i.e. fuel, oil, unknown?
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Wouldn't bother me much, would make it easier to check for leaks. The owner isn't trying to hide anything and a lot of people don't clean their bilge
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havent seen it in person.... it has twin 150 4 strokes in an 04 gulfstream....
It is listed with a broker for 3500 more than what he listed it privately on craigslist. I called the broker to ask if it is still for sale and he said yes. BUT the guy has yet to respond to me. The broker told me about where it is located so I might try and find it to atleast see the exterior. Supposedly the owner is a master mechanic and a professional captain on a local ferry (in broker ad, not his personal).
Also imo does not look like oil outside of it being the same color...

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If you want to get a good price on a boat, you need to find one with the right things wrong with it. Think about it.
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Beat him up on price & then watch how pretty it comes out after 10 minutes with a pressure washer.
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looks like mold / mildew.
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Originally Posted by truculenity View Post
looks like mold / mildew.
it is

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