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1999 3055 Ciera 14 Apr 2016 22:54 #1

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Hello, new to this forum. Have been out of boating for several years putting kids through college, etc. Considering purchasing this boat. Less than 300 hours. 250 hp Mercruisers IOs. Very clean. Would love to here pros and cons regarding this boat.

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1999 3055 Ciera 14 Apr 2016 23:43 #2

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Welcome. You've come to the perfect place to get advice. The 3055 is a great unit and we'd love to get lots more information about the specifics. You'll get great feedback, but we need more info. I'll take a shot at some necessary questions.
Where is the boat?
Has it been surveyed recently? Very important...
Photo's.
Where will you be captaining the rig?
Lower unit types?
Is there service records?
Bimini condition.
Is it listed through a broker?
These are just a few questions that you'll likely be asked.

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1999 Ciera 2655 5.7L BIII "Brenda Lou"
1996 Skeeter 1850DV 175 Mariner 9.9 Mariner. sold, sold, sold
1975 Lund 14' 25 HP Mercury. sold, sold, sold
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1999 3055 Ciera 15 Apr 2016 00:41 #3

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Fantastic boat - but I am very biased as I have one.. If you have any specific questions this is the forum to provide answers as there are plenty of 305/3055 owners here....

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1999 3055 Ciera 15 Apr 2016 01:29 #4

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Welcome to BOC.

3055 is a very nice boat.

The 250HP engines are the 5.7's vs. the 5.0's. Better option in my opinion. 11' beam gives a ton of room. Plenty of storage.

It is a stern heavy boat. Having an all chain rode helps. The engine hatch is heavy and the hinges are not very stout. The drain for where the cooler sits just empties into the bilge. Like every boat there are great things and things that you wish were different.

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1999 3055 Ciera 15 Apr 2016 03:18 #5

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The cooler drain should have a hose on it going to a through hull .. mine does.... Mine has the 5.0s - they are fine motors, the 5.7 give a couple of kts of extra top speed but it wouldn't be a deal breaker at all... I agree they are stern heavy, esp if it has a genset and extended platform. They also tend to list to port so starboard battery placement is the best way to help this .. I surveyed plenty and a lot had elevated moisture contents in their transom ... Look out for leaky engines - both water and oil which can be exacerbated by lack of use... Also check the hot water system and fresh water pumps in the utility room (end of aft cabin) make sure there are no leaks, water in this area is a sign of this, if it's all dry then it's good.....

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1999 3055 Ciera 15 Apr 2016 03:53 #6

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Great boat, we love ours. Lots of posts here with great information specific to the 3055. Will help in any way I can. I have the 5.7 mpi, so more power, but I've also added 2-50 gal tanks forward of the engines to get the range I need for our annual trip AWAY. Fully loaded with the wife, 2 kids, yellow lab, 350 gal of fuel, provisions for week, and the boat handles just fine. I do drop down in prop pitch to maintain optimal operating range.

Welcome aboard, and good luck with the purchase.

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1999 3055 Ciera 15 Apr 2016 05:21 #7

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Welcome to the forum.
There are a lot of us 3055/305 guys here and we're all happy to help. Have you done a 3055 search on here for info? That should keep you busy reading for a while.
These boats are great and arguably the best 30' express cruiser out there with its 11' beam. It preforms very well and the bravo 2 outdrives are very strong.
My cooler drain has a line to a thru hull so not sure about the previous comment of it draining into the bilge.
Are you going to be working on the boat yourself or do you need a mechanic for everything? While they are relatively small they do need all the same maintenance other bigger boats do so prepare for that. If you're a previous boater then you now that already.
If this boat passes the wife or Admiral check then get a mechanic inspection of the engines, outdrives and other systems. Have a Survey performed and have the mechanic and surveyor with you for the sea trial. From there it's either buy, renegotiate the price based on mechanical and survey results or walk.
Ask any specific questions you want and good luck with the purchase.

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1999 3055 Ciera 15 Apr 2016 06:56 #8

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I ordered my 3055 in February 1999 and took delivery in May. I had mine for 12 wonderful seasons. Put just under 800 hours on the engines. Mine had the 5.7's too and you will be pleased with the performance. Mine topped out at 45 MPH. It is by far the largest boat marketed as a 30 footer. There is lots of storage. Even in places you might not think to look. There are a couple of storage areas under the mid cabin mattress. I really liked mine. In 2011 I thought I was done with boating and sold mine.

Late in the 2014 season I got the bug again and last year I purchased a 1981 Carver 3007 Aft Cabin. This boat has a lot of room too. I hope the process goes well. Definitely get a survey and do a sea trial. I dry stored my 3055 so it was only out in the elements when it was being used.

Good luck. You will not be disappointed in a 3055.

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