Yes the name is true. not a big boy in the industry like the
Pirate, enough experience to see a whole lot.
It will seem like an ugly picture painted here again but realistic.
Not to much mechanical is in a healthy environment in a humid bilge
area in an idle state. The things you may see happen:
1 waterpump failure (2 different types main and sea pump)
2 alternator or regulator
3 various ignition system parts
4 stern drive issues
5 oil leaks
6 i could go on
and all these could work good on the sea trial/survey
Boatless at the moment www.spboatsales.com
Hate to seem negative, but these darn things are a never ending expense. There will ALLWAYS be something needing fixed/replaced. If you can't do many mechanical chores, tuneups , starter,alternator,carb replacements, you are probably going to find your boat quite a drain. While said as jokes the 2 old sayings;
BOAT, a hole in the water you pour money into.
are often truer than most of us will admit.
As far as setting, I'd contend that a boat that's been PROPERLY stored (even in water) is much better than one that's started and run just long enough to cause condensation to form on some infrequent schedule. Since marine engines run so much cooler than their equivalent in an auto, it would take hours of idling in stall to equal 10 minutes of mid throttle actual use.
I carry a gun because it's too tiring carrying a cop.
The initial investment alone is significant to us and we don't have the time or the $$$ to always be tuning it up and replacing big parts. Although we understand a little tinkering and tuning here and there will be required.
We are whistling past the graveyard on this advice Dave. By the time we paid for the trip, we had little left in the piggy bank. In fact, replacing the water pump on the generator sucked it dry. That WAS a major cost we did not antisapate, as you've warned Dave. Knocking on wood here, but "so far", we've had no ugly surpeises with major costs. Some TLC chores so far.
Not counting dock fees or elective improvements, insurance (can't get any in Louisiana anyway), or payments, I'd like to hear from those who feel they have had BIG, unforeseen costs that threatened the enjoyment of their HB. We did not plan for $3.50 a gallon fuel costs, That has changed our plans to travel back up the rivers. Has anyone lost an engine or drive out of the blue? I guess tornados fall in here somewhere BT.
BamaBoater on the Tennessee River
You should look closely at your budget before making a boat purchase. The initial purchase and/or monthly payments will only be a part of the total cost. Even a new boat will have many unexpected expenses but an older boat (especially one that has been idle for years) will have constant expenses for repairs and maintenance, it will be much more than tinkering and tuning.