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Impulse purchases. Some buy candy bars or lottery tickets, I'm buying a boat. I'm new to the boating world, and will appreciate the wisdom and information of this forum. That said, here's the boat story: A few weeks ago, I saw a 1994 Chaparral 1830 SST Sport with a 4.3L l6 MerCruiser in my friend's yard and said: "ooh, who's boat?" The response was jokingly "wanna buy it?" And then I thought about it. And that was a mistake. Unfortunately, my response due to my "thinking" was not: "haha, nooo- I have way too many protects already." It was instead: "how much?" Long story short, I'm looking at a 203hp ski boat with cosmetic issues, some hull surface damage on the side from a dock collision, and the need for a comb-through tune-up. It ran last season which encourages me, and is a solid boat overall in my opinion. Most of the issues are cosmetic. Right now, I want to clean it, comb through the engine and maintenance points, and pull the carpet to examine the wood. I will be doing everything I can myself to save money. And I'll certainly appreciate help received. I will eventually start a new thread to document my progress and engage in discussion. Though I have zero boating experience, I am fairly mechanically inclined and have worked with epoxy before. I love learning new things and diving into unknown projects, so here we are! So how much did I pay? Well, that's yet to be determined. However, there have been numbers thrown out, and they seem reasonable to me- even the trailer is included which is a must for me. I really just wanted to introduce myself today and thank you for the join. A question today is regarding how much of a deal am I getting on this boat. Well, it looks as though it may be between $500 and $700. I offered $500 today and it is being legitimately considered. So is $500 a deal? What are thoughts on this boat and trailer? From what I've seen, this boat looks pretty good in terms of reputation of brand and product quality. I think I'm going to love it, and I am cognizant of challenges to come... I just don't want to be throwing money away. Thoughts? Thanks for your response and allowing me to join.
I am looking for my first bowrider and have narrowed my selection down to Chaparral (2nd choice is a SR). I am looking at 2 boats that have been very well maintained (as is the case with most Chaparrals I find - their owners really care for these boats!). Details of the two boats are as follows: 1995 1830 SS sport edition, V6 Mercruiser, all tarps, 435 hours 1997 1830 SS limited edition, V6 Volvo, all tarps - unknown hours (because boat is currently in storage) All else being equal (priced very similar), I am leaning toward the limited edition given the nice finishing but this boat has been used in salt water - it is fresh water cooled - the salt water is a concern for me. I am only going to use the boat in fresh water but looking for comments on whether I am over-reacting to impact of the salt water? Both boats are wintered annually and stored in heated storage in the winter - the LE is bottom painted every year. Any comments are appreciated.