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Looking at a boat tonight

Hey all,

Just joined the forum as I have a question about a boat I'm looking at tonight...I found an 86' Catalina 27...It's been sitting for 6 years...My real concern is the 14hp universal diesel....What are your thoughts on a motor that's been sitting for 6 years...I was thinking of having him at least turn it over....I don't expect it to start with 6 year old diesel...What should I look out for?

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Re: Looking at a boat tonight

Where it's at means allot.. did it freeze? Was it ever winterized? Did he ever bother cranking the engine in those 6 years? The fuel will be full of nasty growth.

Ask him how much he will pay you to take the boat! There are Thousands of C27s with running engines out there.
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The boat is in MA so it did freeze...the owner said it was winterized when it was put away but hasn't touched it since...Obviously pumping out the old fuel is a must...The engine has about 900 hours on it...
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Re: Looking at a boat tonight

Our boat had sat for more than 6 years with the engine untouched. After changing the oil
and re-routing the intake fuel line to a temporary tank, she fired right up after a few revolutions. Purrs like a kitten. Theres no reason why you can't run the engine. Reroute the water intake hose to a bucket of water. Run a garden hose to the bucket and have the engine started.
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Re: Looking at a boat tonight

If that engine was not properly fogged when put up 6 years ago, it will likely have rust on at least one of it's cylinder walls. just trying to start it without properly prepping the engine could do more damage.

Either get a reputable engine surveyor to look at it or move on.

One of the most expensive parts on a boat is the auxiliary. I guaranty this engine's life has been shortened if not fogged and sealed properly.
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Re: Looking at a boat tonight

Even with a running motor, the boat could be too far gone to be worth the money. Check out this thread on boat inspection. This will help decide if a professional inspection is worth the money (it is, if you decide to make an offer):
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Re: Looking at a boat tonight

A 1986 boat isn't really all that old, and if the engine was properly winterized, sitting for 6 years should not be a problem. As someone posted, there are tons of Catalina 27s out there, many of which are in good to excellent condition. A minor survey, however, would be the best way to go. It will probably cost under $500 and it's well worth the money, and could save you thousands in the end.

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Re: Looking at a boat tonight

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The boat is in MA so it did freeze...the owner said it was winterized when it was put away but hasn't touched it since...Obviously pumping out the old fuel is a must...The engine has about 900 hours on it...
At that size, while a working inboard is nice, you could always slap on an OB. If the rest of the boat is nice, subtract the cost of the OB and make an offer.
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Re: Looking at a boat tonight

today is a buyers market,don't fall in love at first sight,view with a sceptical eye,a cheap price isn't always a good deal,actually the buying price is usually the cheapest part of owning a boat
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outboards on the back of larger sailboats spend more time out of the water then in it, doing what they were designed for! (cavitation)
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