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Old 07-22-2006, 03:28 AM   #1
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Hello All

Super Excited!!! Im about to close on my first boat. It will be a 2001 Maxum 1900 SC..... I will be using the boat in the bay and some light ocean use.. I am also lookin at the 2100sc but its a few thousand more.. I am a real beginner and I was wondering if the 19 foot will be good enough for me as a beginner. I always had a love for the water and a love for boats, but living in Brooklyn NY its really a luxury since its only used a few months of the year. But I finally jumped in, after years of saying "next summer".. I will be using the boat during the day sometime for tanning and enjoying the sun, but my real enjoyment is the water at night. I want to just anchor somewhere peacefully, play some guitar, listen to music, enjoy romantic evenings with my wife, etc... I just feel so at peace in the water at night.. I also love to fish..

Basically I want to know if you think this maxum is right for me since I dont know much about boats and maintaining them, is this a good boat for a starter to learn on given what im looking to do with the boat..

I So Excited!!
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Old 07-22-2006, 02:04 PM   #2
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welcome to the zoo....first off.....the boat should be comfortable to you...your boat will probably handle more than you will weather wise...but...and I say this with all respect...know your limits...the water is very unforgiving and unpredictable...you can watch the weather until your blue in the face but unless you can learn to read clouds and winds...you can get hurt or caught in a bad situation.....second...take an approved boating safety course...both you and your wife .....it will give you a mountain of information from great people......either the coast guard aux or someone like that gives them out each yr......next get all the safety gear you can carry...first aid kit....some spare parts that will help get you back to the dock.......and then...get as much boat as you can afford...you will get bitten by the bug and want a bigger boat with a head/galley/berthing......etc.....finally ...my last bit of advice is to never approach the dock faster than your willing to smack it.........best of luck and welcome to the zoo.....



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Old 07-22-2006, 03:37 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I got that boat recomended to me from my wifes aunt who is a broker. The only reason she wants to put me in that one is because of the price and the comndition the boat is in.... Ive only seen pictures, Im driving up to jersey to see the boat tom. Is there any advice from any maxum owners of what I should be looking for that could be problems. I was told some important things to look at, but is there anything specific with maxum boats that I should keep my eyes open for?

I am taking the Coast Guard Aux, and the Beginner Mechanics course.. Weather wise I hear you, I have been fishing for years and I understand and pretty much know how the weather in the water works, I also know that we are not invincible just cause we are in a boat..

Any info on Maxum boats of what to look for would be great!
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maxums are really good boats....built similar to all others...if your going to go and make an offer....get it surveyed...make an offer dependant on survey and seatrial....if anything needs repair..make it contingent on the price and reduce it accordingly....don't be afraid to make lowball offer and let the owner come up...meet somewhere in the middle......
for things to look at....overall cleanliness of the boat...scratches..divits in the gel coat..etc..
...take a compression check on the engine....take a plastic head hammer with you and tap all around the hull....if you get a thud sound..that is a possible delamination or water intrusion....need to check all electrical items....light switches..nav lights...anchor...etc....what does the boat come with......lines..coast guard package...any safety items.....take across some wakes...I mean big boat wakes...how does it slice thru them...always come off plane with that one when crossing the wake ...but see how well it handles swell....does it have trim tabs.....operate them to make sure they are ok....check the oil in the drive...look for water..how much time on the engine/drive...any service records.......just to name a few......
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Old 07-23-2006, 02:08 AM   #5
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Boats are like big screen HDTV'S, as soon as you get your new 55" home, you want a 65".

I started with a 16 foot runabout with an 85hp outboard and "learned the ropes" in a small lake and nearby rivers. I just moved up to a 2006 1800SR3 with a 4.3 V6 I/O and it's like starting all over agian. Luckily I've found the good folks here on the board to answer some questions. My wife and I are already looking for our next boat that we're planning to get in three years once my daughter goes off to college. Diffinitly a Sport Cruiser (galley and head), we want to do weekend getaways on bigger water and that again will be like starting over. I look at it as baby steps. Don't run before you can walk and maybe when I'm time to retire I'll be in a big ol' yacht and know everything there is to know. (yeah right).

Be careful out on big water with lots of chop in a 19 or even 21 foot boat. My 18 foot gets bounced around pretty good even on the lake we boat on with lots of traffic (wakes) and windy days (like today, man it takes a lot out of you!)

As for specifics on what to look for, others here would help more than I can, but of course see how many hours are on the engine, compression test the engine, take it for a ride OR TWO.

Good luck and congrats! Post pics if/when you get it.
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Old 07-26-2006, 09:52 PM   #6
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Well, I have one concern with the boat im looking at to buy. I saw all this white corrosion like substance all around the propellor area and the belt area was rusty. Is that anything to worry about?

Here are 3 pics of what im talking about..

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e177/ ... Motor2.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e177/joemnz/prop.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e177/joemnz/prop3.jpg
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Looks like it's been sitting for awhile. It's a 2001? Looks kinda neglected for only being five/six years old, at least from those pics.

Is it currenlty winterized for storage? If not did they throw some ear muffs on it and fire it up for you?
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It looks like it's been in the water for awhile, how many hours on the boat? Ours is a 2000 and sits in fresh water all summer every year - looks nothing like that.
The real area of concern is the pulleys on the engine. Must have been slinging some water from some where in there at some time.
Looks like the zincs on the O/D are still there, pistons and trim fin behind the prop. Check the front of the O/D, there should be a big one there as well.
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We didnt fire it up. The owner wasnt there. It was at the marina where the dealer on location showed it to me. It was up on a trailer so I couldnt take it for a spin. The boat itself was very very clean with no rips, tears, spider cracks. But obviously thats just the shell, Im just concerned about the motor. We didnt have the key when we went to see it so I couldnt check the hour meter. He claims its around 100 - 150 since this was the owners second boat. I could probably get into this boat for 11 - 12k. The boat hasent been in the water since last summer.

Here are some more pics of the prop area.

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e177/joemnz/prop5.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e177/joemnz/prop4.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e177/joemnz/prop2.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e177/ ... pArea2.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e177/ ... opArea.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e177/ ... C02067.jpg

Thanks for all your input. I am shopping for my first boat and all the feedback is really great.

My debate is between this boat and the 2004 Bayliner 192 classic cuddy (still has 2 years on waranty)... Bayliner is obviously my last resort.
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Well it sure is a nice looking boat!
BTW -the bottom paint should not be touching the out drive. You should remove the paint, tape off an inch around the OD and leave it exposed next time it needs paint.
If it runs and checks out OK you'll have to spend some time cleaning up the OD, repainting, might as well replace the zincs, and there is an anti-fouling paint available for the ODs to help keep the marine growth in check.
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