Returned 2300scr, searching again, questions, advice requested
We "bought" 2300scr yesterday but returned the boat as we encountered issues with motor mysteriously powering down a couple times today, had to throttle boat up and down after struggling to restart it. Owner admitted that was a prob his mechanic was to have fixed. He suggested we pour two bottles of Sea Foam in gas tank to clean out carb.
He also said motor was just pulled to have new drain plug installed and to fix engine mounts to address leaks.
After all that we told him we were going to return the boat. He understood and took the boat back.
After that we have decided to look for another maxim, newer albeit, as we like the cabin cruiser. We have seen a few listed in the low $20k range and that have lower hrs.
To do this right next time, I have some questions:
1. Would you always hire a surveyor and a mechanic to check motor compression, etc? Between both it appears you could spend a grand for a boat that you would not buy... Any suggestions as we are new to boating.
2. What are considered high hrs? A boat shop today told me that 700 hrs were high for the 1992 2300scr, while a mechanic told me 2,000 hrs is high. We never saw the boat started up cold.
3. Many attractive cruisers are a good ways away in other states. Would you trust surveyor, mechanics to check, test boat and have it shipped to you?
4. After our experience I am gun shy about rotted transom, deck issues, engine issue, bellows, etc. just seems that spending a grand for inspection is prohibitive unless you are looking at spending $17k and up. Suggestions?
Seems from what I am reading, that unless you have tons of money for a new cabin cruiser, that buying a used cabin cruiser is fairly risky.
We just to spend something in the $15-$22k range and spend $1k per year to maintain. Am I being unrealistic?
Thanks for sharing any of your experiences and advice.
Jim & Suzette, soon to be boat owners?