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Marvin mom
09-09-2016, 09:25 PM
Hi there.thanks for the website .Me and my wife are looking at buying a 1974 42ft Houseboat.It has two 318 motors in it. Is there a checklist of what to look for on this hb.we are going to look at it sunday. I have read a lot of the posts on here. LOTS of good reading.thanks for your input.

09-10-2016, 06:38 AM
You can start here: http://www.houseboatmagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?21-Inexperenced-Newbies-READ-THIS-WARNING

Boats that old can be full of expensive surprises, and you can spend MANY TIMES your cost in repairs/rebuilding. Been there done that! It can be a nightmare or a work of love but it WILL be expensive and you will NEVER get your money out. GET A SURVEY!

When I bought mine I called it a "chainsaw special" meaning I had to cut it down to the bare hull and replace everything (including both engines, the deck, and the entire superstructure). Unless you have the time, the skills, the money, the patience, and a cheap place to work on it, DON'T. even If you do, you'll probably save money by spending MORE on a newer boat.

I don't care if it runs great (it probably doesn't) and looks cherry (it isn't) GET A SURVEY!!!

"A little TLC" can quickly turn into a MAJOR REBUILD $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$




09-12-2016, 10:05 AM
Those 318's are great engines.
Everything else may fall apart, and those things still run.

As always when buying.

1. Sea trial
2. Mechanic Check
3. Out of water survey.

What make is the vessel?

Marvin mom
09-15-2016, 01:53 AM
So me and the wife went too look at the boat .We were surprised to see it was all covered up. But still we were able to walk around it .The hb is in GREAT shape after talking to the owner it was sitting for a year he was hurt and will never boat again�� it was sad but like he said he wants the boat to go too somebody that will love the boat as much as he did.the motors are winterized (MN).So I am buying the boat without starting them up.Maby I am soft hearted and taking his word .The hb is sitting in the slip with bubblers and the rent is paid till April. So now my question is should I fire up the motors. Like I said there winterized.I know it's no big deal to redo the motors Thanks again

09-15-2016, 03:02 AM
as everyone has stated, I would never buy anything with out a out of water survey and sea trial, I don't care how sad their story is. we were burnt once by the same thing but never again!

09-15-2016, 04:53 AM
I have some ocean front property for sale in Kentucky. I can send you plenty of pictures but, I am out of the state now and can't show it. Send your money, I'll send the title.

09-15-2016, 05:29 AM
Does that "property" float, and is there risk of it turning over, like Guam?

09-15-2016, 07:03 AM
So what if the motors are Winterized, you plan on just letting the boat sit? Fire them puppies up and let them bark. If you done told the "owner" you want the boat, he should be willing to do just about anything to assure the sale goes through.

09-15-2016, 07:46 AM
I am a big believer that since it is your money you can do with it what you want. So, congratulations on your new (to you) houseboat.

Marvin mom
09-15-2016, 09:43 PM
Hi all.so we will be buying the boat sat. I am starting up both motors. Re winterizeing them when done.the guy pulled the plugs but not sure why.will be putting in new. He did say he has stable in the gas tanks. I am taking new. It helps with all the comments good and bad . It makes a Bo proud.thanks

Jolly Time
09-16-2016, 07:05 PM
Don't be scared MM. I bought a 50' Gibson that had been winterized and sitting for six years without a survey! I trusted the older gentleman who was basically giving it away and took him on his word they would run! He showed me an invoice where he paid $12000 for repair work having the Bulkhead replaced, Tanks cleaned and dried, Thru hulls replaced, etc. While it did have some wood rot in a few spots and the interior was out of date and VERY Musty, I crawled all thru the bilge and found the stringers were in good shape. I rebuilt both carbs, water pumps, and of course changed oil, fuel filters, and plugs. One needed a new distributor and Generator needed a gasket. Bottom line I have less than $5000 in this boat and Everything now works and runs like a champ! Interior has been repainted and new futons and bedding. Jolly Time

09-17-2016, 05:27 AM
we on the other hand bought a 1989 Gibson 42 foot classic from a man the broker assured us was the most honest she had ever dealt with. it was in December and everything was winterized so we took their word on everything. this guy called me atleast 3 times a day making sure I knew everything about the boat. well spring rolled around we tried to fire the engines, you guessed it, they wouldn't start. mechanic said there was so much carbon on the plugs you couldn't see the tips of the plugs. did a complete tuneup. next,tried to start the generator,no way,needed a 250$ fuel pump. filled the water tanks,it all ran into the bilge,all tanks leaked. filled it with gas,lost 80 gal of gas into the engine compartment,yeah,holes in the tank.had that fixed,took it out for a sea trial,packing was rotted and was filling the engine compartment with water. tried to call the guy,guess what, he changed his number, not even the broker could reach him.take someones word on a boat condition? no way !!!!!

09-17-2016, 10:06 AM
Have you checked on insurance on a boat that old? Marina will probably require it.