I wondered the same thing about the rings and/or cylinder corrosion. I was thinking of taking my compression tester and one of those portable battery boosters to crank the engine over and test it. (Won't be starting it on the hard though.)
I'm told by the boat yard that the engine does crank over freely although they have not started it either. Carb is likely gummed up as you say...I'm assuming they're an updraft type on this older style flathead engine?
Do you think it's reasonable, or possible...on a boat that's been sitting like this one to include a sea trial as a condition in the offer to purchase? I'm not sure anybody would really want to set out in this without really checking it out completely first. Seems like that would put the onus on the seller to cover the costs of splashing it though...
The other thing I'm looking into is insurance which will on a boat this age require acceptable inspection. I can't imagine the surveyor just giving the thing a clean bill of health right away...I'm trying to find out what the process is after that. Make repairs per the inspector's recommendations and then get it re-inspected to satisfy the insurance company?
No wonder so many people avoid "project" boats!
Last edited by Canadaler; 06-27-2011 at 05:08 PM.