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Absolutely have mechanic do a through engine survey, especailly include a compression test. There are a varirty of engine weaknesses that may not be apparent to a tet run, but in particular low compression. Low compression is most apparent with hard starting (or no starting) when cold. If the seller warms the engine up before your visit, it'll seem fine. Rebuilding a diesel on a boat like this will run you $10000, the mecanic only $250, the best money you will spend next to the survey.
Budding engine problems frequently leads someone to put the boat on the market...
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