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We are currently looking at purchasing a boat in Mexico. This vessel has been on the hard for almost 1 year. The current owner says that they put it away right & everything is tarped, blocked, etc.

I do have a few concerns & was hoping to get some feedback here.

- Fuel tank algae growth

- Yanmar hasn't been run since on the hard (1 year)

- Hull integrity as it has been on stands

I appreciate any advice.
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If the boat was blocked and stored properly, the hull should be fine. Most of the boat's weight should be on the keel, with the stands just mainly there to give the boat stability.

If the engine was properly prepped, a year on the hard shouldn't be an issue. If you're worried about it, get a separate engine survey.

If the fuel was treated with a biocide, it should be fine....if not, you're going to have to get it polished or get rid of it and have the tank cleaned before setting off in the boat.
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We are currently looking at purchasing a boat in Mexico. This vessel has been on the hard for almost 1 year. The current owner says that they put it away right & everything is tarped, blocked, etc.

I do have a few concerns & was hoping to get some feedback here.

- Fuel tank algae growth

- Yanmar hasn't been run since on the hard (1 year)

- Hull integrity as it has been on stands

I appreciate any advice.
In my opinion, you would be well advised to have the boat surveyed by someone of your own choosing. Even if you have to fly them in.
Additionally you should inspect the vessel personally. Never buy a boat unseen.
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