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    So I've been around boats off and on most of my life, but never owned a flat. Now that I have the money and I'm actually out looking at them, I realize that I really don't know what to check on a v-drive boat. I mean, I know to check overall condition of the hull for any "damage". Also, to take it for a test ride to make sure the boat runs and everything (that I know of) works correctly. Other than that, I'm pretty much taking the seller's opinion on condition of everything else. Not saying I'm an idiot, just not to proud to admit I don't really know what I'm looking at when it comes to buying a flat. Don't want to get it home, just to have somebody point out some costly thing that has to be repaired or replaced. Thoughts on what a newbie should be looking for would be appreciated.

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    I'd suggest you really define what's important to you in a boat. V-drives cover a lot of ground in terms of what they do. How fast do you wanna go, do you need/want it to turn hard, how much room do you need/want in the boat, you gonna ski/tube or is it just for thrill rides. You looking for a cruiser or a flat? Also, you wanna consider how much you want to work on it. The faster it is, the more maintenance it needs. Lastly, do no underestimate how much time/money a "project" takes. A boat less motor can still need a lot of work/$$ for plumbing, wiring and details. A completely disassembled boat can take even more when going back together as nothing fits right, needs overhauled/replaced or is incomplete.
    Define your needs/budget and tolerance for pain, and a lot of folks around here can help....you completely empty your wallet and consume every last minute of spare time
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    I don't know where Granite Bay is but I'd try to be-friend somebody from here and take them with you for the first 2 or 3 boat reviews.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David 519 View Post
    I'd suggest you really define what's important to you in a boat. V-drives cover a lot of ground in terms of what they do. How fast do you wanna go, do you need/want it to turn hard, how much room do you need/want in the boat, you gonna ski/tube or is it just for thrill rides. You looking for a cruiser or a flat? Also, you wanna consider how much you want to work on it. The faster it is, the more maintenance it needs. Lastly, do no underestimate how much time/money a "project" takes. A boat less motor can still need a lot of work/$$ for plumbing, wiring and details. A completely disassembled boat can take even more when going back together as nothing fits right, needs overhauled/replaced or is incomplete.
    Define your needs/budget and tolerance for pain, and a lot of folks around here can help....you completely empty your wallet and consume every last minute of spare time
    1---Looking for something that down the road will be capable of around 95mph.
    2---Don't want it to turn like a hydro. Wanting something that will turn OK.
    3---Need nuff room for myself and an occasional passenger, nothing else.
    4---Pretty much back and forth at CFW. Not pulling anything behind it.
    5---Looking for a 17'-18' flat.
    6---Not afraid to work on it Mon-Sat to get ready for Sunday.
    7---As far as spending $$,, my last boat was Rogers jet that went 50mph when I got it and around 80mph when I sold it. I figure I spent around $500 per mph over the course of 2-3 years. Then sold it for $6500, knowing that I wanted to move up into a v-drive. LOL
    8---Budget around $4K-$5K with no power. Around $9-$11 turn key depending on boat. Will wait to get something that has nice floors, good stringers and decent paint or gel.

    I've done all this before, but with a jet. Just mainly trying to see what I should look out for in a flat.
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    I think you understand the basics - Hull, floors and stringers... if those are all good you have a great start with an old boat. Check for delam every where especially in the bilge in the rear of the boat. thats where all the water sits in the boats.

    If its just mechanical, electrical and plumbing that needs works then it just takes some time and $$ to fix it all up like new again as David has totally covered.

    I think your cost amounts are realistic for a good used "less-power" and "turn key" boat in the 80-85 mph range. If you want more hp and speed your gonna be looking at $15k +
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    The advice that you got about taking a v-drive knowledgeable person with you is right on the money! The money that you have budgeted for a 95 MPH boat is on the light side. There are tons of boats that run 95 to 100 MPH according to the owners but boats that ACTUALLY run that number aren't quite as plentiful. When you get into that 95 plus numbers you really want a boat that has all the CORRECT equipment in it not cast parts and bronze underwater gear etc. good luck with your search and be safe after you get the boat...

    Oh, Carl... Granite Bay is in Sacramento right next to Folsom Lake... Very nice area...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptc View Post
    I think you understand the basics - Hull, floors and stringers... if those are all good you have a great start with an old boat. Check for delam every where especially in the bilge in the rear of the boat. thats where all the water sits in the boats.

    If its just mechanical, electrical and plumbing that needs works then it just takes some time and $$ to fix it all up like new again as David has totally covered.

    I think your cost amounts are realistic for a good used "less-power" and "turn key" boat in the 80-85 mph range. If you want more hp and speed your gonna be looking at $15k +
    X2. My boat was bought minus motor. Ran just under a hundred last time out and I know there's more than 15k in it total. Granted some money was spent on the looks aspect but still, we all know if a boat don't look good, it ain't very fast but the good thing is there is always the fine tuning with prop, gears, and plates to get the best out of your combo. Hopefully I get mine worked out here soon. Would love to hit the triple digit mark

    Take your time searching and read some of the safety threads on here to get a feel of what to look for. I took my dad along with one of his very knowledgeable v-drive buddies to check mine out before I pulled the trigger. A second set of eyes never hurts.

    Bring a small hammer and tap around the stringers and floor and listen for dull sounds.
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