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  1. 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.
  2. DC3693

    1994 185 SL

    Hello all, I have a lead on a 1994 185 SL with a 3.0 mercruiser engine - from the pictures it looks is pretty good shape. Know very little about Chaparrals so I'm looking for advice. Boat and trailer for 5500 deer - which is above NADA, but it looks pretty well kept. Generally speaking what problem areas should I look at? Leaking issues, stress cracking, hull issues, handling problems, mechanical/electrical. Were there major issues with the floors and transom rot - owner says it has been garaged - but I don't know what the carpet is layed over on the deck, Has anyone pulled up the carpet and put awlgripped the deck?? The boat is about 2200 lbs - is the 3.0 enough? I have two kids (13 and 10) and we rented a 2007 four winns 180 with a 3.0 and it seemed sufficient to drag them around all day. Any insight would be helpful - this would be our first powerboat, but I have been sailing on and off for the last 30 years. Thanks Dave
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