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Originally Posted by okieflyer View Post
Am looking at a boat that looks great in the photos, sounds great in the description and is priced attractively. Only thing is, it hasn't been hauled out and had a bottom job in over 10 years. Is located in fresh water in a southern climate. What am I really looking at as far as potential problems? Thanks in advance.

You'd be surprised at how many people over look a bottom job on a freshwater boat. However, it's not nearly as often as a saltwater boat. Some people are really good at scrubbing the bottom every month or few months so it needs a bottom job every 2-3 years; I've seen up to 5 years with good quality paint and work. With it being 10 years it needs it and there probably is some repair work to be done. Perhaps that possibility is considered in the price?
I'd make sure it's surveyed with a haul out. Go over it with a fine tooth comb, keeping in mind at the very least, it'll need a bottom job.
If you can't look at the bottom or a surveyor hasn't looked at the bottom, then I'd pass on it. Otherwise, it would be like buying a used car without knowing if it even starts.
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I didn't see any reference to the hull material,- a huge factor here, but I'll assume it's fiberglass as everyone else probably assumed. If the bottom was first covered by a layer of algae and without the adherance of mussels or other shelled organisms; you might find a very well-preserved bottom under a light cleaning. I wouldn't walk away without a look. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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