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    There is a complete TX Tunnel type boat coming up for sale at an auction near me tomorrow. I saw the boat but not up close, but it appears that the deck is warped. I am going to go take a good close look at it tomorrow before the sale starts, but is there anything in particular to look for that would cause this?

    The boat has been sitting on a trailer in a shop for probably 10 years at least. All complete and they say ready to run. Hasn't been started in at least that long either. Not so worried about the mechanicals of the engine as I am about the hull and what could cause that warp.

    The boat looks to be an 18 footer, and seemed to be sitting square on the trailer. Also what would be a good price for such a gem?

    Sorry no pics of it, but if it follows me home tomorrow, I'll throw some up.
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    It's probably a light layup. I'd probably pass on it unless you are going to part it out. Those types of hulls are really only for racing and not for river/lake duty. They spin out when they grab a sponson.

    There are more friendly boats out there.

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    Here is a picture of the boat from the auctioneer's web site. You can see the deck bowwing. It has a full interior in it, so I wasn't thinking drag boat only. LOL.
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    Like stated thats just.from the deck.being thin completely normal. Those.holulls where designed as track boats they arent safe in.my opinion for river use. Youd have to have a set to put your family or four people in that thing. Those fangs out front bite if ur not carefull

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    Yeah, I'd pass. The trailer is worth more than the hull.

    But if you're able to get it for a song.....and the parts are where the value is (if you know what you are looking at)....then maybe it's worth the initial investment and the time it takes to sell them off?!

    Edit......I'd buy the Champagne Fairlane before I'd buy that boat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snoc653 View Post
    There is a complete TX Tunnel type boat coming up for sale at an auction near me tomorrow. I saw the boat but not up close, but it appears that the deck is warped. I am going to go take a good close look at it tomorrow before the sale starts, but is there anything in particular to look for that would cause this?

    The boat has been sitting on a trailer in a shop for probably 10 years at least. All complete and they say ready to run. Hasn't been started in at least that long either. Not so worried about the mechanicals of the engine as I am about the hull and what could cause that warp.

    The boat looks to be an 18 footer, and seemed to be sitting square on the trailer. Also what would be a good price for such a gem?

    Sorry no pics of it, but if it follows me home tomorrow, I'll throw some up.
    Cheetah boats is the main cause of war page and cracking
    Its a FORD thing chevy's arent quick enough to understand

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    maybe the way they straped the boat to the trailer
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    Anyway it's not a good river or lake boat.

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    I wonder if the glass has gotten soft from a leaky bow tank?
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    Well, I looked it over really carefully today before they got to it on the bidding. The cause of the deck warpage was expanding foam. Yep, they filled the whole front end with the stuff.

    The boat went for way more than it was worth, IMHO, as it had several issues that could be nothing but just seemed to spell trouble to me.
    The good: it had a dominator pump, the trailer looked nice, and the engine did start,. The potentially bad: all the cables were shot, the block had an expandable freeze plug laying beside it as it had one hole not plugged in the block. Cracks in both front sponsons, someone had wacked a dock pretty hard with it and did a bad repair to the right front, the carpet fit really poorly and hid the floors, stringers had some delamination going on where you could actually see them, and after it sold I heard they found a hole in the bottom of the boat. BTW, It is an 80 sunkist according to the HIN.

    I'm sure the boat will show up somewhere like EBAY so buyers beware.

    And just to keep my conscience clear, I did point out the issues to the new owner since he was talking about throwing it in the water this weekend to see what it would do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outlaw View Post
    maybe the way they straped the boat to the trailer
    so light it floats away without that strap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snoc653 View Post
    Well, I looked it over really carefully today before they got to it on the bidding. The cause of the deck warpage was expanding foam. Yep, they filled the whole front end with the stuff.

    The boat went for way more than it was worth, IMHO, as it had several issues that could be nothing but just seemed to spell trouble to me.
    The good: it had a dominator pump, the trailer looked nice, and the engine did start,. The potentially bad: all the cables were shot, the block had an expandable freeze plug laying beside it as it had one hole not plugged in the block. Cracks in both front sponsons, someone had wacked a dock pretty hard with it and did a bad repair to the right front, the carpet fit really poorly and hid the floors, stringers had some delamination going on where you could actually see them, and after it sold I heard they found a hole in the bottom of the boat. BTW, It is an 80 sunkist according to the HIN.

    I'm sure the boat will show up somewhere like EBAY so buyers beware.

    And just to keep my conscience clear, I did point out the issues to the new owner since he was talking about throwing it in the water this weekend to see what it would do.

    What was the dollar figure it sold for? I'm amazed how many guys are out there flipping boats. I thought it was a bad market? I guess anything to make a buck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WMorton View Post
    What was the dollar figure it sold for? I'm amazed how many guys are out there flipping boats. I thought it was a bad market? I guess anything to make a buck!
    I PM'd you what he paid for it. I know I wouldn't want someone jumping in the middle of my business if I tried to make a buck on turning a boat over so I won't post it in the open forum. And I do need to live and boat around these parts, so I don't want to totally piss off the locals.

    But, if someone on this site wants to buy it, they need to make darn sure they inspect it very carefully and make sure they know exactly what they are getting. It might be worth what he paid for it as parts, but it definately needs some TLC to make it a usable boat again. And if the engine block isn't cracked from freezing, it probably is a good deal for someone.
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