My 12 year old son loves to watch Pawn Stars. Today an older episode aired about a old Chris Craft boat they purchased without really inspecting the boat properly. Take a look to see how it turned out for them:
Watching pieces of that show reminded me about doing your due diligence before you buy a boat, or any major purchase for that matter. Do your homework before you buy and consider taking the boat to a local authorized boat repair shop and have them look over the boat motor for you. Spending $100 or so now could save you a lot of money down the road. Once you have a certified mechanic look over your prospective boat make sure you don’t let emotions get the best of you. Getting emotional about your purchase may cause you to wind up with a ‘fixer upper’ when that was not the intention. There is nothing worse than getting excited about taking your new boat out only to find it doesn’t start or runs poorly once you are in the boat and ready to go.
A common place to find damage on boat engines is damage to the lower unit. Damage comes from hitting the gear case on hidden trees and rocks in lakes. It can be very expensive to replace your lower unit but you should know you have options. US Boatworks sells 3 types of lower units. The 1st is the OEM Gear Case direct from the manufacturer, 2nd is a new after market lower unit and finally, you can buy a remanufactured lower unit. By offering all 3 options, our customers can choose the option that suits them best. Check out our inventory of Mercury lower units, Evinrude Lower Units, Force Lower Units, Mercruiser Gear Cases, OMC Gear Cases, Volvo-Penta Gear Cases. US Boatworks has rebates that reduce your final cost when you send back your damaged unit to us for recycling. Also, keep in mind that in many cases, your insurance company may pick up the tab on your lower unit should you file a claim.
Good luck on that boat purchase and feel free to give our shop a call if you have any questions.