Advice on buying a used boat

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Old 07-14-10, 08:03 PM
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Advice on buying a used boat

My old century had no hour meter. When I see ads for used boats the number of hours the boat has run is part of the sales presentation. Are these hour meters reliable and non tamperable?

Also, is 400 hours a lot of hours on a boat ?

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Old 07-14-10, 08:52 PM
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Most boats that I have run across don't have hour meters except for the ski boats and those guys put a lot of hours on in a season. The newer efi outboards have data logging built into the ecu. Either way they are recording actual run time.

400 hours is about average for a 10 year old boat up here, they average 40 hours per year but we have a short season in MN. I wouldn't be concerned if everything else checks out.

My main concern would be compression and leak down of the cylinders, gear lube freshness and if all the accessories are in working order.
 
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Old 07-15-10, 06:40 AM
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thanks Samurai for the info. I am going to look at a boat this weekend.
 
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