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Old 11-23-2012
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Re: Lash Me To The Mast Before I Buy A Boat!

It's the old cliche, you have money or time but rarely both.

I have time.

I don't know I'll buy this boat. I can. And I don't have to take out a loan. But I'm not basing what I will do on what someone else would do. What I really do appreciate is reading what warning signs I need to look for. And many here have been provided and I've learned a LOT! Thank you!

So far it seems the Volvo Penta engines from that time period had no heat exchange systems. They were cooled directly from whatever water the boat sat in, and in this case, that's salt water. In 34 years, salt water can do a lot of damage.

And even if it is an enclosed system, what condition is the engine really in after 34 years? Can fluid analysis really provide those answers? I don't know, but I will try to find out.

More than anything, I don't want to end up with a boat that has endless problems. I've been through that. But that is something no one can guarantee.
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