I like free boats
Hello Forum! My name is Tyler and I'm in Marina Del Rey, CA. My boss decided he no longer wanted his 1992 Maxum 2300 SCR (or at least that's what he thinks it is and from what I can tell, that's right), and he decided it was time for a bonus. So? Free Boat! And "I like free boats!" And under the annual exclusion amount for gifts = no taxes.
So I'm off to a good start expense-wise: $0. He said he had about $4,000 of engine maintenance done about 6 months ago. Everything in the engine bay looks pretty clean to me. He did not have the boat covered, so everything seems pretty filthy, although he assured me it cleans up nice. Kind of like me: camping, off-roading type, but can rock a suit & tie like a boss. I'm thinking to have someone come out and compound & wax and interior detail the boat as first step. Any suggestions for covers or DIY storage tips would be helpful. I need to learn proper pre-launch checklist items and post-reloading checklist items to go back into storage.
The batteries are dead from dry storage. Question 1: Can I jump it from my car or does it make more sense to remove and get them charged at the local West Marine if they even do that? Maybe there's someone that can come with a commercial charger? I wouldn't want to run the engine very long on the trailer as it obviously wouldn't have any way to cool itself, but I'd like to know it runs fine before it goes to the water.
I'm excited, but do not want to get ahead of myself. First thing is boating safety courses and learning how to operate the boat itself both safely and efficiently. I welcome any inputs you all have!
Lastly (for now), I have a 04 Jeep Wrangler unlimited rated at 3,500lbs towing capacity. I noticed that my boat would be about 5,000 - 5,500 loaded/gassed up. I don't plan on doing any significant trailering, just for storage. Think I'll be ok pulling it out in 4Lo and just pulling it over the parking lot to my spot?
Looking forward getting to know anyone in my area!
P.S. how can I upload some photos? I can't seem to figure that out for you all to see what I'm talking about.