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Disaster Boats 16 Sep 2017 14:32 #1

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After viewing the pictures of sunk,beached or damaged boats from Harvey and Irma, I wonder how many of these boats were insured and will ever be sea worthy again.. Prior to Irma, we spent Labor Day weekend in St Petersburg Beach, while having lunch at John's Pass, The wife thought it would be nice to get a bigger boat 16-18ft to cruise the intercoastal waterway. I'm thinking maybe a Boston Whaler Ventura or Scout 175 Dorado project boat could be had priced right.

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Disaster Boats 16 Sep 2017 14:45 #2

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What's happened in the past is that insurance companies sold totaled boats to a few specialized dealers. These dealers in turn retailed and/or auctioned off the boats. I expect to start seeing them on the market in a month or two.

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Take a lot of care and be very clinical when you are looking at these boats. At the size you are looking at, if it was sunk, you are buying a hull. The motor should be at least gone through, the wiring and gauges are probably shot, interior may be salvageable and on and on. If you are looking for a project to entertain yourself and understand the full scope of the project, and that the economics aren't going to pencil out against some other options, go for it. Just don't take any short cuts, they will come back to haunt you.
The one advantage is that you will know the boat completely.
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Disaster Boats 16 Sep 2017 15:07 #4

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Pcpete wrote: Take a lot of care and be very clinical when you are looking at these boats. At the size you are looking at, if it was sunk, you are buying a hull. The motor should be at least gone through, the wiring and gauges are probably shot, interior may be salvageable and on and on. If you are looking for a project to entertain yourself and understand the full scope of the project, and that the economics aren't going to pencil out against some other options, go for it. Just don't take any short cuts, they will come back to haunt you.
The one advantage is that you will know the boat completely.

That's the reason I am looking only at Boston Whaters or Scout boats as they are built only from composites and use only the highest quality parts. Besides people who purchase and own them tend to take better care of them. Making them a worthy project, Just My Opinion.

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If you are careful you could probably find some good ones. Not all boats were.sunk but washed up on shore and left there when the water went away. Maybe have some hull damage. A completely submerged boat I would stay away from.

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Disaster Boats 16 Sep 2017 19:23 #6

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Every time this type of storm hits Canada see a lot brought to market here .
They shine them up real nice and are priced to sell
I would be care full on what comes to market

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FISHIN00 wrote: ...That's the reason I am looking only at Boston Whaters or Scout boats as they are built only from composites and use only the highest quality parts. Besides people who purchase and own them tend to take better care of them. Making them a worthy project, Just My Opinion.


Whalers have foam that can get waterlogged. A boat with a hole in the fiberglass hull or deck will probably have wet foam. The foam can be replaced, but it usually entails cutting out a large part of the deck/inner hull.

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Norton Rider wrote:

FISHIN00 wrote: ...That's the reason I am looking only at Boston Whaters or Scout boats as they are built only from composites and use only the highest quality parts. Besides people who purchase and own them tend to take better care of them. Making them a worthy project, Just My Opinion.


Whalers have foam that can get waterlogged. A boat with a hole in the fiberglass hull or deck will probably have wet foam. The foam can be replaced, but it usually entails cutting out a large part of the deck/inner hull.

I would not look at one that had the hull compromised. Would look for ones needing mainly cosmetic work. Before Irma I was keeping an eye on a few in the Ft Myers area.

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Disaster Boats 17 Sep 2017 21:29 #9

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Any boat that was submerged you can bet you will need to remove all wire and electrical systems, that in it's self is a major project.
been there done that on my 3870.

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