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Old 01-31-2019, 12:10 AM   #1
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Question 1998 Maxum 4100 SCR . looking to buy

Ladies and gents..looking into above boat....disclaimer states, "Condition
~~Update July 2018~~ A recent mechanical survey discovered one engine had two cylinders with slightly lower compression and there's possibly oil in the heat exchanger. A mechanical inspection is recommended. The photos tell the story of the nice condition of this Maxum. She's in good shape for a 1998 with a few normal wear and tear items. Last date of bottom paint is unknown; diver has not reported any issues. Everything is reported to work aboard her. In 2014 she received a new house battery, new water pumps in the engine, all new engine hoses, new heat exchanger, new exhaust manifolds, risers, etc. She also had all her bilge pumps replaced and an extra pump added where water pooled due to a design flaw. In late summer 2015, she received a new Vacu-flush system for the head, and the Generator's fan and motor were replaced and are working great. If you're in the market for a nice Express Cruiser that will entertain the entire family, this Maxum will definitely fit the bill."

As a novice that is looking for a week ender for the next couple of years. How much would you allocate to bring everything up to par..???? Your input would be not only appreciated but cherished...THANKS>
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Old 01-31-2019, 01:44 AM   #2
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Are these gas or Diesel engines? What is the compression of all cylinders? How many hours are on them? I would go in thinking this engine needs a complete rebuild. A 5 year old battery is not a selling feature nor is 5 year old exhaust if used in salt water.

You need to hire a surveyor to inspect the boat, spending a few hundred can save you from spending thousands more than the boat is worth pending repairs.
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A few things to consider when buying a boat.

1) Listing things that are supposed to be there, is of little value. The vessel is expected to have a working head. The fact that it was replaced 5 years is irrelevant. (It's not like you replace the head every "n" years).

2) Similar to #1. Serviceable items (pumps, belts, risers & manifolds, hoses, batteries) These are also expected to be in working order. They are also items that are part or regular maintenance and need to be swapped out periodically. The fact that they're present and were serviced 'n' years ago is irrelevant.

3) IF these are 20 year old gas engines, expect a repower to be in your future. This is particularly the case if the vessel is in salt-water. There a few examples of older engines with higher hours, and a staggering number of failures at the 'over 10 years and under 1,000 hours, range.
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Thaks for the insight. Explaines why they are trying to unload these aged vessels...at a waiting for a sucker price...
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Thaks for the insight. Explaines why they are trying to unload these aged vessels...at a waiting for a sucker price...
I wouldn't say it's waiting for a sucker. I would look for a vessel that has already been repowered. Or, factor the costs of a repower into your purchase price.

When looking at a 20 yr old boat, don't drop your lasts dollar on the purchase price. I would expect to spend a minimum of 10-20% of the sale price getting the boat 'up to speed'.
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I don't know where your located,if your in the northeast craigslist Albany NY has a 97 Maxum 4100 for sale that has been repowered.
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