Well, I just wasted $1500 I desperately need. I have walked away from the 31ft Sea Ray Sundancer named “Si Yes Da”. I’m actually happy about it. The owner was not willing to acknowledge the fact that the boat needs a ton of repairs (over $17k worth), and wouldn’t budge on the price. So, I’m certainly not going to spend $30k on a boat which doesn’t work properly that I will have to spend an additional $17k to get it up to where it should be. The owner spent money on custom beverage napkins and pillows with the boats name on them, probably should have spent more on the engines and connected the bonding wires. With those disconnected, the boat can actually damage other boats in the marina. What a mess. And now, since we’ve disclosed all of the problems, he legally has to disclose the issues in his listing. Priorities will come back to haunt you…spend less on show and more on function. Who knows the fate of the boat. I wish it worked out!
Now that that’s all in the past I’ve begun to scramble for another boat. My loan is only approved for so long, and I have a slip ready to go at the beginning of December. I looked at a sedan with a flybridge. It was a 1990, pretty cool layout. Initially I was super interested in this one. The next day we looked at two express cruisers. One was a Maxum, the other was a Bayliner Cierra. Both were 30ft, both were late 90’s, both were in very good condition. The Cierra edged out the Magnum mostly because of the condition the engines were in…a compression test was being done when we looked at the boat. One feature that I really like which they both had was the walk through access from the cockpit to the bow. Both cruisers had touchscreen navigation, and electric controls. I think that the cruiser would be easier to learn how to drive as opposed to the flybridge sedan.
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