Newbie considering 1998 19' SRL
I need your advice regarding a 1998 Maxim 19' SRL for $5500. I am new to boating and am not mechanically inclined. Here's the ad I am looking at:
"This is a low hour 3.0 bowrider I.O. Full canvas and spotless seats. Recently overhauled outdrive lifts, replaced water pump, new fuel pump, alcohol flushed fuel tank, replaced water separator, rebuilt carburetor, replaced gimbal bearing in outdrive and replaced new side curtains and bow cover. New retractable emergency oar and large selection of life vests."
I called a marina and asked if they would look it over and I was willing to pay the going rate for inspection. They said, "No, we don't know you." That's the strangest thing I have ever heard. Nonetheless, should I have a mechanic or marine surveyor go to where the boat is located?
Finally, I need to know the draft on the boat. My house is on a river and the tide gets pretty low (about 2 feet).
Any advice is greatly needed, even if it's not a good idea to buy this boat.