Originally Posted by WilsonCat
Well, I decided yesterday that I was going to buy the boat. I took a ride on Sunday and had my Father-in-Law who's bought many a used boat look at it. Then I read the little news story here:
http://www.tradeonlytoday.com/home/4992 ... axum-boats
How will this affect the ability to get parts or service for our boats, especially older models?
To tack on to seapuppies reply, in recent years I believe the Maxum hulls were coming out of a Bayliner plant anyway. When bought my Maxum, the dealer sold Bayliner, Maxum and Sea Ray (they are all the same company along with a dozen others e.g. Brunswick is the parent company, yes the pool table maker. Brunswick also owns...Mercury Marine) and the only difference were the supplier bolt ons i.e. gauges, cleats, carpets, etc. 90% of whats on any make boat is from third party suppliers. Suppliers that distribute to every West Marine/Overtons etc. So I wouldn't worry about your purchase if you like the boat.
As for the boat itself, from the pics it looks like it was kept well enough. Is it in fresh water or salt? If salt, see if they have records of when they changed the impeller. This needs to be done EVERY YEAR PERIOD. Salt water turns the impeller gaskets into a gel like substance which equals failure on the water which equals mad passengers and tow back to dock.
The only other thing that caught my eye is that the outboard is a 125 which isn't going to set any water speed records and will probably prove not to be much of a 'ski/tube boat. The people I know with the I/O four bangers and the 125hp outboards wish they held out for more power. But if leisurely cruising is what you'll be doing and if it runs good...your call of course. Good luck~!