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post #5 of Old 01-29-2010
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I would be a little suspicious about this. First, 1,200 hours on a twenty five year old boat is “only” 48 hours per year. Not much hours at all if the boat is cruised at all. But more importantly is how critical the hour meter really is. When does he know when to change oil and transmission fluid without a clock? Does he show this maintenance in a logbook? (He should be showing an oil change at least once a year for these hours). How does he know his fuel consumption rate and how can he tell how well his engine is performing? I would get a really good marine diesel mechanic that you trust to do an inspection and have him get an oil analysis done. Repowering or rebuilding is a deal breaker for most people. I would budget $5,000 to $10,000 to cover the potential costs.
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