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  1. Some good points! It's like after a home inspection when buying a home - you don't say there's a leak I won't buy it - you say knock $1,000 off the price. But once the seller knows you're already in it $500 or whatever for the survey he knows that unless something major is wrong you're probably going to buy the boat so I don't even know that it gets you much negotiating power. I'd take a water test over a survey any day and there's no expense and most seller's expect to be asked for it. We bought our last boat without even seeing it in person. It was from California and I'm in Portland. Much more selection and they last a lot longer down there - PNW winters are rough on boats. I found the seller trustworthy based on our conversations so decided it was worth believing him instead of spending 1,000 deer plus a day to go check it out and ended up saving that 1,000 and time because the boat was exactly as he described it. I'd recommend using your intuition as to how trustworthy the seller is and if something tells you they're not trustworthy, walk away. If they are trustworthy trust them. There may be something they may not know is wrong with the boat, but a surveyor could miss that too. Now I will say you may be stepping into a much higher price range where the rules change a bit from ~20k bowriders.
  2. Welcome! Seeing as my recent stereo upgrade post got no attention and I was very happy with it on both boats I did the install in, I'm going to shamelessly reshare it here. It sounds like you may have a bigger budget than I did for this though! Just some quick thoughts from my recent stereo installs - this was a relatively low priced update that produced great sound. Replaced all four 6.5" with Polk Audio DB651 Marines - 60 deer per pair. Added the Kenwood 5 channel amp KAC - M8005 200 deer. Added Polk Audio marine sub 50 deer and regular car sub box 25 deer. Amp installation kit plus an extra longer 4 gauge wire for the ground 40 deer. Really easy to run the wires from the stereo to the back through the sides, I used a tent pole to pull them through. On my 2011 206 I was able to mount the amp behind the stereo so didn't even have to move the speaker wires and used really short RCA's. On the 2005 204 no spot to mount it there so had to run RCA's and additional speaker wire from the head unit to the back and mounted the amp to the sub box along side the engine. Velcro taped the subs to the floor, they hold in place just fine and easy removal come winter. Also updated the deck on the older boat to the new Kenwood marine multimedia receiver (no cd player) 90 deer. This one can take wired remotes too, but I didn't bother. There's a remote app for my iphone. Bought everything on Amazon. Slapped on some Dynamat wherever it would fit on both. Sounds amazing - under 500 total. Now, my favorite thing that I did was velcro tape a magnet to the dash by the gauges. It's very low profile. Buy one of the clip on car magnet mounts with the piece of metal that goes between your phone and your case. Now I stick my phone on the dash. It holds just fine even in rough water. It's got my stereo control, Navionics, GPS speedometer, Pandora, etc. all right there, I love it!
  3. They're like auditors - they'll give you their opinion as to the condition of the boat but it is the buyer's responsibility to ensure the boat is in an acceptable condition to them. They are not liable.
  4. l use Marine Spray 9 on all vinyl and fiberglass with a microfiber cloth. On the vinyl I then follow with spraying water and microfiber cloth, and finally 404 aerospace protectant. Every other week we'll anchor in shallow water and reach under with a scouring pad to get the outside where the algae starts accumulating. Twice a summer pull out of water and clean entire hull with Marine Spray 9 which will get it looking like new then follow up with Rejex wipe on wax which makes it much easier to get the green stuff off the bottom.
  5. Lol. There is a designated storage compartment on the port side of the engine compartment accessed through the engine hatch. I realized the possibility of being unable to access that area in an emergency is much higher so going to use that for something else going forward.
  6. Thanks everyone! There has been some great advice here and also some things to look out for that I hadn't previously considered. Always so grateful for info from more experienced boaters, it's truly invaluable!
  7. What are the dangers in doing this? Is prop blowout likely to cause damage to the drive or engine? Or are people referring to the danger of someone being thrown from the boat? Or something else I'm not considering? Thanks!
  8. I think I described it wrong when I said wired in parallel. The negative from one battery only connects to the other battery, but they both have separate positive connections and there is a 1 / 2 / both / off switch.
  9. They only had one kind so I'm pretty certain they were both starting but now that you mention it I'll actually need to double check - it's Interstate.
  10. I love doing high speed turns - figure eights or full circles. What are everyone's thoughts regarding adjusting the trim for turns in the 4,000+ rpm range on smooth water. Generally I come in trimmed out to near max for the situation, and trim in while adding throttle through the turn to where I'm trimmed almost all the way in when I cross back over my own wake. Really have no idea on the "best practice" though and can't find much reading on it. Really appreciate everyone's thoughts, thanks!
  11. Went to Costco for two new marine batteries, 70 each after core refund. Out all day today - kept a close eye on them and no issues. Gave me an excuse to order an infrared temperature gun too! Thanks everyone!
  12. After 4 hours out today went to check oil because I just changed it. Oil was fine but there was a small amount of smoke coming from battery. The problem battery was Really hot (even an hour later) but not hot enough to melt the wires. I'd noticed a rotten egg smell the last several trips out but had been attributing it to the river! Dual battery setup in parallel. The other battery has no issues. I had a battery draining issue at beginning of summer, so I checked volts then and the smoking battery had tested at only eight while the other tested at twelve but at the time I thought it just hadn't charged all the way back up yet. Also today I was running the stereo at a stop with the engine on at idle. Then stopped engine and had to jump it. I noticed the volts weren't getting up at idle but as soon as under way they'd pick back up. My research says most likely cause is bad cell in the one battery - replace that battery. My questions - possibly alternator replacement needed - voltage regulator failing? I don't think so because the other battery has no issues. Any other possible causes? Replace both batteries as precaution or just the bad one? My plan is to replace battery tomorrow and keep fire extinguisher handy (as it always is) just in case. Also moving the life jackets from the engine compartment to the front. Monitor from there. Appreciate any advice.
  13. 3M 08090 Super trim adhesive. I made the mistake of pulling it all up, if possible just reglue it where it's coming off. It's too difficult to get the old glue off.
  14. Just some quick thoughts from my recent stereo installs - this was a relatively low priced update that produced great sound. Replaced all four 6.5" with Polk Audio DB651 Marines - 60 deer per pair. Added the Kenwood 5 channel amp KAC - M8005 200 deer. Added Polk Audio marine sub 50 deer and regular car sub box 25 deer. Amp installation kit plus an extra longer 4 gauge wire for the ground 40 deer. Really easy to run the wires from the stereo to the back through the sides, I used a tent pole to pull them through. On my 2011 206 I was able to mount the amp behind the stereo so didn't even have to move the speaker wires and used really short RCA's. On the 2005 204 no spot to mount it there so had to run RCA's and additional speaker wire from the head unit to the back and mounted the amp to the sub box along side the engine. Velcro taped the subs to the floor, they hold in place just fine and easy removal come winter. Also updated the deck on the older boat to the new Kenwood marine multimedia receiver (no cd player) 90 deer. This one can take wired remotes too, but I didn't bother. There's a remote app for my iphone. Bought everything on Amazon. Slapped on some Dynamat wherever it would fit on both. Sounds amazing - under 500 total. Now, my favorite thing that I did was velcro tape a magnet to the dash by the gauges. It's very low profile. Buy one of the clip on car magnet mounts with the piece of metal that goes between your phone and your case. Now I stick my phone on the dash. It holds just fine even in rough water. It's got my stereo control, Navionics, GPS speedometer, Pandora, etc. all right there, I love it!
  15. Thanks! And you're absolutely right, aside from depreciation and interest expense cost of ownership will be just as much if not more.