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Old 03-14-2019, 12:40 PM
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We're going to purchase a used boat. We have the lender part done, we have a certified marine mechanic waiting for the green light and the surveyor. Are we missing anything?
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at minimum a power squadron course.
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Old 03-14-2019, 12:58 PM
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  • Lineup/ Shop Insurance
  • I assume you have identified a place already to store it (storage, lift, dry dock, side of house)
  • I assume you have done your research on the manufacturers and models of interest, motor and options- if not ask away
  • What ever boat you decide on buy it with the more HP than the minimal HP rating.
  • Not sure of your level of experience but maybe consider taking a boaters safety course.
  • Purchase a membership to either boat US/Towboat USA (check your area to see who has better coverage)
  • Set aside more than you expect for expenses.
  • Buy a boat 2' larger than you are initially comfortable with as it will save you from buying that size boat in a year
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What’s the boat engine and HP?
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:24 PM
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What kind of boat (center console, dual console, bow rider, ski boat, sportfisher, john boat, inflatable jack wagon,etc.) and what area within Florida and GA are you?
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stop now while you're ahead. you're about to go down a very expensive rabbit hole
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:24 PM
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It's a 2008 2200 pathfinder TE 250hp
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Located in Miami
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Tim_fl View Post
  • Lineup/ Shop Insurance
  • I assume you have identified a place already to store it (storage, lift, dry dock, side of house)
  • I assume you have done your research on the manufacturers and models of interest, motor and options- if not ask away
  • What ever boat you decide on buy it with the more HP than the minimal HP rating.
  • Not sure of your level of experience but maybe consider taking a boaters safety course.
  • Purchase a membership to either boat US/Towboat USA (check your area to see who has better coverage)
  • Set aside more than you expect for expenses.
  • Buy a boat 2' larger than you are initially comfortable with as it will save you from buying that size boat in a year
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2200 pathfinder TE 250hp
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Tim_fl View Post
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  • Buy a boat 5' larger than you are initially comfortable with as it will save you from buying that size boat in a year
Fixed it for you.
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Fresh2Salty View Post
Fixed it for you.
lol so true..
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:54 PM
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For that make\model they commonly had an issue with water coming through the scuppers/drains, make sure that you fill the livewells and test run it with a couple of friends. Installing aftermarket ping pong scuppers will help.
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:54 PM
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My advice is once you buy your first boat try to wait at least 2 months before you start looking for your next boat... Lol..
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Tim_fl View Post
For that make\model they commonly had an issue with water coming through the scuppers/drains, make sure that you fill the livewells and test run it with a couple of friends. Installing aftermarket ping pong scuppers will help.
This is good information. I had a boat many years back that always had a wet deck because the floor drains were to low. Never again.
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Buy a boat you can afford to keep in perfect shape...including the things that will break while it's on the trailer leaving the parking lot you bought it from. Boats need to be 100%...
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:05 PM
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Ya, talk your buddy into buying the boat instead. Give him gas money when you go out, buy the beer and help him fix it when it's broke!


Enjoy the boat, man! Learn your waters, learn the "rules of the road", keep the safety equipment in check, use the rules of 3 when heading out (1/3, 1/3, 1/3 for gas), and most of all, read all of the stupid shit people on here do. Then do the opposite.
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:49 AM
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It's easy to fall in love with the boat before you've even finished the survey, or seen it for that matter. Do your research and don't ignore the flaws of the boat that you uncover. Dive in to them and rule them out on the boat you're looking at. And like previous posts, go bigger than you think, it'll save you in the long run. I'd also throw in getting a cover to keep it clean and protect it, but I'm a bit of a freak about that stuff.
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:45 AM
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Originally Posted by nickt09 View Post
It's easy to fall in love with the boat before you've even finished the survey, or seen it for that matter. Do your research and don't ignore the flaws of the boat that you uncover. Dive in to them and rule them out on the boat you're looking at. And like previous posts, go bigger than you think, it'll save you in the long run. I'd also throw in getting a cover to keep it clean and protect it, but I'm a bit of a freak about that stuff.
There’s alternatives to protecting it in the sun 😁

great advice
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Boxboy View Post
My advice is once you buy your first boat try to wait at least 2 months before you start looking for your next boat... Lol..
Hahahaa! So true. Ours isn’t even splashed yet and I’m perusing boattrader on a daily basis...
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:54 AM
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Never feel bad about the money you are "wasting" on surveys. I had three boats surveyed before I found the one I now own, and it was a painful experience to see that survey money just disappearing down the drain. But, every $500 you spend on a survey that finds an issue is saving you $1000's down the road and a lot of heartache besides. So, walk away from the bad ones and keep on paying the surveyor for the promising ones. It's cash out of pocket right now but it's saving your future butt.
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