Another Boat Advice Thread...
Posted February 06 2013 - 05:22 PM
It's a 1988 Ranger 364V with a 1998 Evinrude 150 on it and he's asking a negotiable $3k. In talking with him, he hasn't had the boat out in 2-3 years, but it ran well at that point. Hasn't had it compression tested since he decided to sell it. The carpet needs redone, and I can get a pre-cut kit for $350, so it would just that plus my labor. Hull appears in good condition in pictures, and he says it is solid.
My biggest fear is the motor. I asked if it was a Ficht since I knew they had some problems with the late 90's 150s. He says it isn't a Ficht, but didn't offer what it was. I wasn't aware they made another model, does anyone have more knowledge of 'rude motors of that era? Also, in the case it ends up being a Ficht when I go to look at it, should I basically consider that a deal breaker if he can't provide a history of the motor? I'm sure some or even the majority of the Ficht's were fine, but I'm hesitant to jump in without knowing for sure.
Posted February 06 2013 - 06:07 PM
Posted February 06 2013 - 08:26 PM
I'm not sure what year they stopped making the VRO, but if it is, be wary of the VRO system if it is still operational, you will have problems with it. If it is no longer operational it would have been bypassed/retrofitted and you will have to premix oil and fuel.
Posted February 06 2013 - 09:11 PM
There are a lot of really nice bass boats around for 8K! Check your local craigs list and don't be afraid of ebay either. Do your homework and you should be able to find something to your liking! Good Luck
Posted February 07 2013 - 09:05 AM
If you have doubts about the motor I would walk away!! For 8k you should be able to find a really nice boat with a motor you can have confidence in. Don't risk it. A bad motor is a money hole that will take all the fun out of your boat.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman
Posted February 07 2013 - 10:51 AM
Take your time with this purchase, and you will find a great boat in that price range, that will last you for years, and be a huge step up from a flat bottom. You will probably find something newer than the one you mentioned, probably between 17'-18', with a solid, reliable 150 on it. Good luck with your search, and just remember to have a boat guy check out the motor before you buy.
Posted February 07 2013 - 07:51 PM
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