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Old 02-10-2018, 01:14 PM
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Default 2001 kencraft 235 value

Hey guys, I looked at a kencraft 235 today. It is in mint condition for the year. The only negatives are the power, Mercury 250 EFI and the T-top has some oxidation and pitting on it. No trailer. 300 hrs on the motor. The boat was supposedly rack stored indoors since day one. What do you think it's worth?

I'm thinking buy it for 15, put a trailer under it for another 2, and then fish it until the Mercury blows up. 250 is probably minimum power for this hull but it should see 40 knots.
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Old 02-10-2018, 01:59 PM
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Forty knots is optimistic but looks like a very nice boat and your approach to purchase is spot on.
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Not a lot to go on but the 235 is a great boat. I would think if you get it for 15K you cannot go wrong.
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I put a deposit down, pending sea trial/survey. $15k. We'll see how it goes.
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They’re giving it away for 15k if you ask me. You decide you don’t want it I’ll buy it lol.
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Bracket and some twins. Great solid boats. The 235 can be wet but it's a battleship for the size.
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I don't recall the Merc 250 EFI having a bad rap as far as power and durability go, The hull looks well taken care of. 15k sounds like good value if everything checks out ok.
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The 250 EFI is supposed to be good from what I've read. I know the optimax of that vintage was problematic.
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A 250 EFI Merc is absolutely not a downer when the seller is tossing in a 235 Kencraft for 15K

It should give you a 30 MPH cruise at 14-16 GPH or therabouts...gas is cheap when you steal the boat from the git go...I wouldn't hesitate.
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Thanks for the feedback. This boat is huge for a 23. The interior space and storage is more like a 25 or a 26. I've currently got a 24' Hydrasport, and the Kencraft is much bigger. It's not even close.
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Is that the tournament edition? If so its a 25 hull labeled as a 23.
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Yes, it's the tournament edition
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Lol. 15k
I couldn't get this lucky.

215's of that age are going for 20,000.

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Sweet boat! One of my favorites. It’s a steal at 15k
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Steal at $15k! From my experience the late 90's and very early 2000's are the best models of Kencrafts. I owned a 2007 235 which was composite versus cored with wood. Pretty shoddy compared to my 2002 215. I'd bet it rides great with the 250. Not a speed demon. I had twin 175's and thought it was a little stern heavy.
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That's a 25'. The 235 was basically the same hull but they chopped 2' off making it ride a little wetter.
You could do a bracket with a pair of 4 strokes and would be fine. Maybe add about 50lb of weight to the front. That's a battle wagon right there and a hell of a deal even if the motor was no good. Awesome find
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Originally Posted by sp8hardwood View Post
That's a 25'. The 235 was basically the same hull but they chopped 2' off making it ride a little wetter.
You could do a bracket with a pair of 4 strokes and would be fine. Maybe add about 50lb of weight to the front. That's a battle wagon right there and a hell of a deal even if the motor was no good. Awesome find

Your wrong! The 235 has always been a 235 yes it's loa is 25'1 measured at the hull. But they call it a 23 because that's what the water line measures so they can fish ska tournaments.
The tournament edition is no different than the non-Tournament it's just a sticker with black and gold boot stripes vs the original blue stripes.

The only boat they ever chopped length off of was the 250 a completely different boat, when they cut it down they made the 215.


I agree on one thing with you and that is they can be wet and they are stern heavy with twins so having a big single will probably ride better imo.
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15k why can't I find a deal like that.
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As mentioned a 235 is a 235. “Tournament edition” didn’t mean much. It was a 23 as measured at waterline and not including bracket. The way most bracketed boats are measured. This has nothing in common with the 25. The 25 has a pretty low dead rise. The 235 was a 24* boat.
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Do you have an update, how did the sea trial go?
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