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Old 08-03-2008, 03:49 AM   #1
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Hello everybody. This is a great forum. I happened to find it a few days ago when I was doing research on Maxum boats. I've just joined this Maxum Owners Club - looks excellent.

I just bought (but not taken possession or fully paid) a 1990 2700 SCR conditionally upon survey, compression test and satisfactory sea trial. I am doing these tests on Tuesday next week, so any help with my questions below would be appreciated.

1. I've read in this forum that compression should be about 150psi +/- 15psi, does this hold true for my model and year?

2. The boat seems to be in fine shape, motor is completely refurbished 7.4litre Merc, it appears clean as a whistle, anything to consider with this?

3. This is a freshwater boat, hull looks ok as it sits out of water. No cracks that I could see, fairly clean below water line, I guess surveyor will look it over more closely. Anything in particular to look for to find problems with the hull, are there weaker places than others with this hull?

4. I am planning to get a surveyor to look at the boat on Tuesday. Are there any particular areas of the survey that I should pay really close attention to, such as plumbing, engine, hull, electrical or other areas that these model year boats are known to have deficiencies? ie- are there common problem areas for these models?

5. I did not see an hour gauge, should there be one on the dash panel or below in the engine compartment?

6. What should I be doing and looking for when I do the water test. I don't have trim tabs on my current bow rider, how should I test these or not be too worried about them?

7. Does the fridge run directly off shore power or does it always operate off the battery? Or does the shore power just charge the batteries, sorry, I'm a real newbie when it comes to boats with toilets, electricity and running water!

8. Will the surveyer test the toilet and water systems during the survey?

I've owned a 19 foot bowrider for about 5 years and have finally taken the plung for a larger boat. My wife is very pleased with the conditoin of the boat, it's exceptionally clean, looks original everywhere except motor, seats and tops, so I am happy too. Everything seems to function properly, but it's on dry land so far.

I look forward to many years of fun family boating with this new boat.

Any other suggestions or offers of advice would be welcome and appreciated.

Thank you,
Mark
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Old 08-03-2008, 09:13 AM   #2
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Hello Mark and welcome your surveyor should cover most of the points youve brought up,definately get the engine checked as this could be your biggest cost if things go wrong,check all the electrical switches work as youve got 18yr old wiring on board, the fridge runs off 110v and 12v it should automatically switch to 12v when you disconnect the shore power,the trim tabs can be checked when out of water by pressing the switches,some of the other guys will come along and advise on other areas,good luck on your almost purchase.

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Old 08-03-2008, 01:42 PM   #3
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Hello Mark and welcome your surveyor should cover most of the points youve brought up,definately get the engine checked as this could be your biggest cost if things go wrong,check all the electrical switches work as youve got 18yr old wiring on board, the fridge runs off 110v and 12v it should automatically switch to 12v when you disconnect the shore power,the trim tabs can be checked when out of water by pressing the switches,some of the other guys will come along and advise on other areas,good luck on your almost purchase.

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Hi Ash, Thanks for the speedy response and comments. I will go and check the trim tabs today, while it's still out of the water, good advice.

Thanks again,
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:33 AM   #4
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Mark,
Welcome to the zoo..I also own a 2k model 2700scr...although we have the 6.2ltr engine and b3 drive...it's an awesome boat...we just got back from a great weekend in the pacnorwest......
other than the survey on the engine...and drive...the hull is going to be the one to check also..the surveyor should check the hull by tapping and listening for a thud instead of a sharp crack type sound...
the engine should have consistant compression all over ...15lbs/si is common....anything lower ...you have a choice of either walking away or having the owner repair the engine...
make sure your surveyor does a compression check on the outdrive too...
check all zincs and have them replaced...
as stated the fridge works either 12vdc or 120 ac....it should operate on either...
anyother questions feel free to ask....we're all about spending your money!!..tell us a bit about where your going to boat...

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Welcome to the zoo..I also own a 2k model 2700scr...although we have the 6.2ltr engine and b3 drive...it's an awesome boat...we just got back from a great weekend in the pacnorwest......
other than the survey on the engine...and drive...the hull is going to be the one to check also..the surveyor should check the hull by tapping and listening for a thud instead of a sharp crack type sound...
the engine should have consistant compression all over ...15lbs/si is common....anything lower ...you have a choice of either walking away or having the owner repair the engine...
make sure your surveyor does a compression check on the outdrive too...
check all zincs and have them replaced...
as stated the fridge works either 12vdc or 120 ac....it should operate on either...
anyother questions feel free to ask....we're all about spending your money!!..tell us a bit about where your going to boat...

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Hello Seapuppy,

Thanks for your kind comments and suggestions. I've taken your suggestions plus as much as I could read about these boats and applied them as much as I could during the survey and after. The people I purchased the boat through are repairing all the items that were found in the survey, plus a few other items. This was the main reason I purchased the boat, not a warranty, but at least an implied warranty and goodwill on the part of the seller.

We've taken the boat out 5 times in the last 9 days, a couple of short trips after 4 or 5 hours of cleaning and a few longer trips. We are keeping the boat in Port Credit for the balance of the season and most likely next season too. We took it to Centre Island twice and once to Bronte for some nice cruising during the days last week and weekend.

We are planning on our first overnighter this Wednesday at Port Credit, just to test everything and make sure we have the necessary items onboard for an overnighter. Then we plan a trip across Lake Ontario to Port Dalhousie, should be fun.

We are looking forward to many hours on our new boat and creating more fond memories.

Thanks again and I will keep looking at this board,
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Another quick question. I browsed to the Maxum site, but the oldest online parts catolog was for a 1993 and I own a 1990, any ideas on where I could download a 1990 2700 SCR parts catalog and owners manual? I have the short version that came with the boat, but it's more about safety and general issues. I would love to be able to read about all the systems and parts to see how to repair and remove items on the boat for maintenance.

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Mark,
you can contact US Marine in arlington wa...you need the hin number on the swim step......you can get the number online ..look up maxumboats.com...call them and they can send you the manuals...

enjoy the new to you boat...post some pic's here and post often....

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you can contact US Marine in arlington wa...you need the hin number on the swim step......you can get the number online ..look up maxumboats.com...call them and they can send you the manuals...

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Hi Seapuppy,

I will give this a try, thanks for the advice,
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mark..if you can't find the number let me know...i think I have it somewhere...

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Hi SeaPuppy,

I just scoured their website again at this page and others http://www.maxumcustomercare.com/manuals_index.html and could not find any contact information, they always want us to contact a dealer.

I would love to find a proper parts catalog so I could figure things out. As an example, one of my fluorescent lights is out in the front sleeping area. So how do I remove the plastic cover over the fluorescent lights in the galley area without breaking the lens. It goes from port to starboard, probably 8ft long and I don't want to break it as I remove or re-install it.

Thanks again for any help,
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