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1979 slickcraft

I'm thinking of buying a slickcraft boat with 700 hours on engine?

Is this high for a boat? when would i be looking at repowering ? It is a 79, Model is SS-235,260 horse i/o merc cruiser. new alpha one outdrive.

its les a question of how much use and more a question of how well maintained.
i've seen NICE decade+ old boats with thousands of hours, and i've seen total JUNK that wasnt 5 years old and didnt have 250 hours.

never do any of the maintaince, major failures within 5 years for sure.
proper maintence the entire time, kept clean and covered from sun and weather, might be very clean and still running good after 30 years.

you say its a 79, as in 1979?
as in 32 years old already?

if thats right, and its alum hulled, you're probably looking at repowering any day now.
but that could be worth doing, my boat is a 1984 alum hull with a 2011 merc on it, with its current value including the new outboard, its at least twice what a new boat at the same price is in space, power/speed, and features (like livewell AND baitwell, both with pumps). you cant buy an equal boat without spending a couple thousand more.

if the age is right, and its fiberglass hull, repowering it is NOT an option.
fiberglass alone is not strong enough to make a boat that can withstand the power and abuses of going fast on the water. its needs something to act as a frame, something to provide the structual strength it needs.
wood is actually very strong, especially when comparing weight vs strength against steel. but, wood can absorb water and begin to rot and weaken. and boats are water toys, they get wet.

you've seen an OLD wood fence or porch i'm sure, looking like one good push will make it all fall apart.
same thing happens with the hull of a old fiberglass boat, there are patchwork repairs that can be done and can add a couple of years of life.
but the hull is failing and only replacing the hull with a new one will change that, if your doing that, why not get new motors and drives too, especially since the hull is practically given away with purchase of them.........

in this economy, there are plenty of 20XX boats in search of a new home at affordable prices. you can reasonably expect 20 years out of them (if properly maintained).
the thing to remember with buying a boat is your purchase cost is not to be looked at as "it cost me X in one day", its to be looked at is "it cost me X per year of use".
a NEW $30k boat only costs about $1,000 per year. a 30 year old boat that costs you $1,000 that only lasts 1 year costs the same amount (AND is likely to need EXPENSIVE repairs, which must be counted as part of the price, in addition to routine maintainence, which any boat needs the same).

BTW, mechanical inspection performed by a qualified marine mechanic AND an actual on the water test drive BEFORE purchasing any used boat.
protect yourself, make sure its a quality ready to run boat and not a money pit.
ask any marine mechanic, we've all met that guy with a new to him boat that has a suprise repair bill larger then sale price.......

my personal favorite, "i JUST bought it, and got a NEW battery, dead one was the ONLY reason the seller didnt start it for me, JUST put it in the water for the FIRST time, wouldnt start AND it started SINKING!!!!!"
turned out lack of maintence on the sellers part caused a motor overheat, and failure, and the heat fried a gasket letting water in, a gasket that cant be accessed without removing the motor.

if you dont do your homework and protect yourself, you may end paying enough for a NEW boat by the time the used one is running and ready for use.

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