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Old 12-22-2011, 09:24 AM
 
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I am in the market for a used boat. Can anyone recommend a boat mechanic that does inspections? Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:29 PM
 
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By inspections, do you mean a boat survey? There are many licensed boat surveyors throughout South Florida and you can find them online by searching.

It may also depend on the type of boat you want...some surveyors specialize in sailing vessels, some do large trawlers, some do all.

If you're talking about a small fishing boat, I still don't know any "inspectors" but I can tell you the things I looked for and inspected when I bought my Key West 196 BR.

What are you looking for?
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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I think he wants mechanic to inspect the engine (cylinder compression, ignition, gearcase, etc...). I will DM you the names & numbers of a couple mobile marine guys. They get $70-90/hr. An inspection shouldn't take more than 30-60 minutes.
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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Thanks for the DM Hopper.
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:09 PM
 
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By inspections, do you mean a boat survey? There are many licensed boat surveyors throughout South Florida and you can find them online by searching.

It may also depend on the type of boat you want...some surveyors specialize in sailing vessels, some do large trawlers, some do all.

If you're talking about a small fishing boat, I still don't know any "inspectors" but I can tell you the things I looked for and inspected when I bought my Key West 196 BR.

What are you looking for?
What I meant by an inspection is basically someone to check out the boats mechanics before I buy it. Much like one would have an auto mechanic check out a used car. Sorry for the confusion.

Basically, I am looking for a boat similar to yours. A bay boat or center console with a shallow draft in the 19-22 ft range.

Feel free to give me any advice.
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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Thanks for the DM Hopper.
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Old 12-22-2011, 04:24 PM
 
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we just recently obtained a boat. the marina say the engine is seized and want 5 grand. luckily I have found someone who is going to have a go at an alternative repair as the motor didnt seize while running it locked up while sitting for 2 years. if they have no joy I may give you a call for your guy HH
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Yeah it's a good idea to check out the outboard. Lean toward hulls that have never been painted so you can look for blistering.

I got lucky, I guess, since I did it myself. I bought a compression tester and watched a you tube video on how to do it; what to look for in the readings, etc. Look at spark plugs, check gear oil for milky residue (bad), look at magnetic gear oil plug for excessive metal shavings (some are normal, but pulling a small metal tree out would be bad).
If you can't do a sea trial, do even more homework.

Be careful of getting too excited about low engine hours, unless it's a newer boat. The only thing worse than excessive wear on a boat is not using it enough...things begin to sieze up, rust, break, etc. You can count on well maintained outboard to last 2000 hours before needing a rebuild.

You can also hire a pro, like HH said. But there's nothing like "local knowledge":

In our Fishing Charlotte Harbor thread, there's a ton of boat buying advice. 2 stroke vs. 4; outboard vs. I/O, fishing boats vs. deck boats. You'd do well to read the whole thread.

Good luck and let us know what you look at and buy. Feel free to post pictures of your prospect boats and we'll all chime in with our varying opinions. Take your time, make it right.
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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we just recently obtained a boat. the marina say the engine is seized and want 5 grand. luckily I have found someone who is going to have a go at an alternative repair as the motor didnt seize while running it locked up while sitting for 2 years. if they have no joy I may give you a call for your guy HH
What did you get? Post a pic so we can see it!
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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Lean toward hulls that have never been painted so you can look for blistering.
I see your point about non-painted hulls, but on the other hand, a painted hull (if re-applied regularly) helps protect against blistering, especially if it has a barrier coat underneath the paint. Mine has a barrier coat, so when I bought it used 5 years ago, there was no concern about blistering since the barrier coat was applied when the boat was new.
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