TLC vs. Almost new
Capttb, Don''t you end up doing almost every bit of that on a comparatively new boat. When you talk about the list of tasks that you go through on an older boat,(hoses, clamps, hardware, pumps, impellors etc. doing the routine maintenance such as changing oils, belts & filters, lubing all the hardware above deck and checking for bent, broken, corroded stuff) that is pretty much annual maintenance. Wouldn''t you do this on a boat that was as new as a year old? And having commissioned a number of boats, haven''t you found missing hose clamps and winches that were not lubed at the factory, etc on the new boats that you have purchased?
It seems to me, when you buy a new boat you have all of the usual things to go through that you would when buying a used boat, plus you have the massive exercise of commissioning a new boat. At least with a 4 or 5 year old boat, you have a chance to see if there are manufacturing issues that showed up during the first owner''s tenure and to duck the commissioning and new boat depreciation. After 4 or 5 years the prices of most decent quality boats seem to level off.