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My dad's looking to buy a boat, any input on this one?

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The old man is looking to buy a boat and has been looking for a while.  This boat he's on now fits his needs and wants almost perfectly.  Any input from anybody here on pros/cons/etc on this particular boat?

"Xpress X70 with 150 Yamaha ox66
Everything on boat works as should except speedo and temp on dash. Motor was serviced in spring of 15. Lower unit fluid change and water impeller changed this yr with less than 2 hours since. Bearing buddies and 2/3 tires replaced this yr with less than 50 miles. Three new Interstate group 27 batteries spring of 15 with MINIMAL use. Has nav lights, hot foot, recessed TM tray, pedestal and seat for front deck, live well with divider and two lids, 3 bank charger, 6" jack plate, 25p SS prop, 67 lb 24V MotorGuide and fire extinguisher. Bunk carpet will need replaced. No electronics will be included" 

 

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I loved my Xpress.  Solid boats - way better than a Tracker.

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30 minutes ago, S. Sass said:

$?

not exactly sure, not asking about value necessarily, but more so just any experience with this boat or similar model.

i'm boat illiterate so it all looks good to me!

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i assume when you say "  This boat he's on now fits his needs and wants almost perfectly."  you mean the boat he is interested in at this moment.  The Xpress boats are well made, and the 150 Yamaha is a great motor. The list of goodies sounds good. Do not worry about the carpet on the bunks it is easily replaced in fact there are better options to put n its place. The speedo is probably either a gauge issue or a blocked pitot tube neither of which matters. The temp gauge is no big deal either, most likely a bad sender or connection, could even be a gauge problem. That is easy to fix.  Have you and your dad go look the boat over physically and get a boat ride. Make sure things like the livewell work, the engine runs fine etc. I think if all that checks out dad has a new toy.

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I understand the boat does look pretty decent if the price is right. That was the only reason I was interested in the $ involved. Just as an example at $30k it looks stupid bad at 2k its a steal. The price dictates if the speedo and temp better be working or not. 

 

As for that particular brand and model I can't say I never had one. 

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Speedo does not even matter as good electronics with a gps /sonar  eliminates it anyway. Boat speedos ar useless because of their inaccuracy.  The water temp ( if that is engine water temp might matter. If it is engine temp I would only fix it if the boat had water pressure as well. I would change it to water pressure if it did not have one. Outside water temperature would be useless again since my good electronics will cover it.

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Look like a jam up boat to me. I always tell people to test drive boats since they perform different on water then on the hose. 

On a side note and this is probably a stupid question but what does he mean carpet in the bunks. What is the bunk? Compartments?

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No the bunks are the wood boards the boat sits on while it sits on the trailer. Replacing the carpeting is easy, they sell carpet cut for this a Bass Pro. It just gets stapled on.  Another option is to go with a special type of bunk covering like this. This is what I used only Bass Pro was carrying it then.  

Tiedown Engineering Self Center Bunk Guide 2X4 Wht TIE 86162

http://www.jmsonline.net/tie-down-engineering-self-centr-bunk-glides-2x4-tie-86162.htm?gclid=CIbxpcXdtc4CFZNZhgod4DQC2Q

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4 hours ago, riverbasser said:

Look like a jam up boat to me. I always tell people to test drive boats since they perform different on water then on the hose. 

On a side note and this is probably a stupid question but what does he mean carpet in the bunks. What is the bunk? Compartments?

 

 

Can I ask what a jam up boat is?

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1 hour ago, tcbass said:

 

 

Can I ask what a jam up boat is?

I assume your being sarcastic but if not it's a figure of speech meaning in this case well taken care of or clean.

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45 minutes ago, riverbasser said:

I assume your being sarcastic but if not it's a figure of speech meaning in this case well taken care of or clean.

 

O. Not being sarcastic. Never heard that before. 

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Me neither so you are not the only one.

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12 hours ago, tcbass said:

Can I ask what a jam up boat is?

HAHAHA, it's a term my dad would definitely use.  he also threw out "creampuff/cadillac/A-number-1-deluxe"

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If you end up changing the carpet on the bunks the easiest thing to do is get the bunk covers I showed you or there is a product called Gatorbak.This product is one of the best synthetic board coverings available. But anyway just launch and tie up the boat on the water. Now take a razor knife and cut off the old carpet, slip the new covers on and with a battery operated screw gun or cordless drill install the screws in the side of the covers/boards. Takes maybe an hour. That is exactly what I did on my Lowe trailer.  

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Looks like a great boat.

...I gotta ask...why is the boat in the garage backwards?

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14 hours ago, Further North said:

Looks like a great boat.

...I gotta ask...why is the boat in the garage backwards?

not sure!  

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