I know im not Jim and dont have nearly as much knowledge, But i bought a boat that shouldnt have seen water again. When i buy another flatty, i will make sure that the following items are in good condition and dont need to be fixed. The following items are just ideas that you want to keep in mind when checking the boat out.
1) make sure the stringers are not cracked. If there is a crack in the stringer and water got in, the wood under the fiberglass could be de-laminated and rotted. This is a costly process to fix.
2) The parts on a old flat usually are dull and faded. I would make sure all the parts on the boat are in running condition. Make sure there are no cracks on the motor mounts, strut, casale, pulley's, etc.
3) find out the last time the boat had the strut, prop, and proshaft checked.
4) I would look for a boat that has a decent paint job. If you plan on painting the boat you will be looking at a starting bare minimun of $3500 if lucky
5) Kind of on the lines with item number 1, you want to make sure the fiberglass around the whole boat is not de-laminating. In some areas if under the fiberglass is white, means that their is either heavy vibration in that area or de-lamination. This is a pricey item to fix unless you plan on doing the fiberglass work on your own.
As far as the motor goes im not sure what to look for in that. I just know what to look for in the hull and running gear. I will add more items as time comes. I hope this helps you out.
Just an idea!!!! Why not have the boat checked out by someone that you believe to know and understand the working conditions of a V-Drive Boat. If you don't have a friend that knows what to look for than take it to a professional boat shop that knows V-Drive boats. Not all shops know about V-Drive so be careful. In California we are luck there are many self proclaimed V-Drive experts. Out of the state of CA. well that's a different story.
One last thing, do your homework and call around for information before you spend your hard earned money on that V-Drive boat you just cant' live without.
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