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Ryan Michael

Used 2004 Triton TR-20X, Need advice

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I've been looking to get into a large fiberglass boat due to traveling to Florida and Canada. My outboard jet river boat just isn't cutting in especially with more than two people in the boat. My question is this. This boat is for sale at my local Bass pro shops. It was traded in on a new boat. After speaking with the boat manager of the bass pro he assured me that the boat runs well and the motor just had a good compression test. It does however have 504 hours on it. Is that a giant red flag? Next up, it's on a new tandem axle trailer ? I guess it's good that it is new but obviously something happened to the original trailer. The last and most important part is that somebody had wiring issues with the accessories at some point. Most of them work but some do not. I'd plan on rewiring the accessories which I can do and would be a decent winter project. This boat with no wiring issues would sell for around 20K from what I can tell. I can probably get it around 13.5K. What are your thoughts? Carpet is also pretty worn. 

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The guy that runs that Bass Pro boat department is a real dedcent guy to deal with. I have had several dealings with him and he has treated me very fairly.  Now for that particular boat it seems to be a good deal. I suspect the wiring issues probably had to do with the owner changing electronics and such over time. The trailer is a non issue. Those boats came with painted trailers and many boaters in PA also fish the Upper Bay, salt takes a toll on painted trailers.  The brand new Aluminum trailer is a $3000 item, trust me I just purchased one to replace my 2010 Lowe trailer. MY trailer is a galvanized one but they cost about the same. Think of it this way since it has a brand new trailer that means it has new tires, a new winch, most likely led lights etc.  Those are all items you will not need to replace for a long time. The boat has some good electronics too, so that is a plus too.  TR-20 were good hulls and had lots of fans. Just my two cents.

 

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Personally, If everything seems to be in good shape and the motor had routine maintenance, I don't think 500 hours should be a deal breaker.  I've run a couple 2 strokes to near 1000 hours, ended up selling them for a larger outboard, never had to to major repairs to them.  A few fishing buddies and a guide I know have run their engines over 1000 hours without major issues.  Also, according to my google search, the average gasoline boat engine runs 1500 hours before need major repairs.

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Everything that needs to be fixed needs to be reflected in price.  Wiring can be a nightmare especially if you have to pull wires.  

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That's 35 hours a year. Motor wasn't used much

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