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Old 11-03-2018, 04:56 PM
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Yup, same registration number


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Old 11-03-2018, 05:52 PM
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You have to love the comment in the original ad from 8/18:

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Everything works and functions properly.
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Old 11-04-2018, 12:26 PM
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Definitely a labor of love. I so enjoyed my restoration project and still just looking for something to improve over the winter.
I'm most motivated by a potential failure on the water far from home with my family aboard. Especially the young kids. A breakdown with a 2 year old and 6 month old would seriously ruin an otherwise good day

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Yup, same registration number
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You have to love the comment in the original ad from 8/18:
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Everything works and functions properly.
Yeah, that one has given us a good laugh a few times as we dig deeper and resolve issues.

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You're a lot nicer than I would have been about the PO's truthfulness regarding the condition of the boat. From what I can see he knew the boat was beat up and the systems that were not working, like knowing to have that jump box with him. It's all good as long as the condition was reflected in the selling price.
I've done this enough times (with cars), that it's something I'm prepared for. The seller made the point that, in the spring, this would sell for asking without issue and he's likely right. It went for $18k (not a sufficient discount for the problems found imo) and will likely consume $3-4k to bring it up to excellent mechanical condition. I'm hoping to use this one while raising my kids and get 10+ years out of it, so I'm willing to put in the effort up front to get it right for it's first season on the water.

Overall I think this is a relatively normal experience and a less diligent and less experienced purchaser wouldn't yet be aware of the issues. My suspicion is that this boat would enter maintenance / repair limbo where it either soaked a massive sum of money to get fully sorted, failed regularly, or was simply parked and ended it's effective service life.

Onto more work, replacing the Bow scratcher / Highway Boat Dropper Winch & lock setup which had failed. The winch came unlatched if you breathed on it and the locking pin was damaged and bent. Further, this setup scratched the bow on each use:



The roller setup with new Fulton 1600lb winch and a chain lock:

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Old 11-04-2018, 12:40 PM
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A question, anyone know why this little arm slicer was installed? It doesn't appear stock and was only on the port side.





Are nerf ball support / "damper" systems common for ballast installs? The lower half the the ball is painted black but the upper half remains toy green.

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Old 06-21-2019, 01:15 AM
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Time to get the boat on the water!

It took the seller from October 2018 until April 2019 to get me a title for the boat and trailer. At best, the seller was negligent. Between the title & maintenance issue, I'll make sure not to transact with this seller again.

All I accomplished here was breaking my wrench. I could have spend more time and effort but decided to cut my losses and get a drum for $40 and wheel for $60.



I'm not sure if this is the stock bilge & float from 1999 but both were bad.






It may be hard to see but the pump body is warped and twisted. It got so hot it was melting the plastic. It was tripping the breaker when actuated and would pull well north of 15 amps at full voltage. The float switch never activated. Apparently I can't attach the image because the very long link happens to have "***" in the several hundred character link structure. It get's flagged for censorship....



I replaced them with a pump and float separately.


I took the advice of the forum and got a nice drain pump that can also be hooked to shop air. It will get plenty use in the shop anyway. Worth it. Oil change in <10min.


Changed the fresh water impeller which was pretty easy on this boat. The old impeller looked better than I expected given the maintenance on the rest of the boat.


Replaced old plugs with new NGK TR6 Vpower plugs. Will go TR6IX at the end of the season. There are still a large number of issues left. The more I dig into the boat the worse some items get. Not sure how so many nuts & bolts are loose seemingly everywhere. Some wires fell out of their crimps when I moved the dash. It looks like a crimp was never even attempted on some, the wire was just stuffed in.
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Old 06-21-2019, 01:19 AM
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Ran through the long prep list last weekend and managed to get the boat out with the young kids for the first time. No pictures, I took too long and kids were either in or on the verge of meltdown once we were in the water.

Since the prior owner had engine trouble codes and was not getting full throttle due to perfect pass problems, I wasn't sure how much pick up and go this thing has.

I'm happy to report she hopped up right out of the water with ease and was on plane in no time. I'll have to see how it does with a skier but most of my time this year will be pulling little ones and family in tubes or similar anyway.
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