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    Giving Up... Want my 1988 Avanti 3450?

    I was foolish in purchasing this boat with a partner who sent me pictures and misled me. The boat needs both engines and I just don't want to spend $15k for each engine (what I was told). Not certain if that is true or not, but I need to get rid of it. Anyone know of someone wanting this vessel?
    Chef J
    Phoenix, AZ

    1988 Avanti 3450
    Kept in slip in San Diego

    #2
    I can get to 15k if I work at it. Rebuilding the current engines, even with new manifolds would be viable as would buying a rebuilt marine long block and working over everything that hangs on them is cost effective. Perfect for filling up a bunch of time.
    P/C Pete
    Edmonds Yacht Club (Commodore 1993)
    1988 3818 "GLAUBEN”
    Hino EH700 175 Onan MDKD Genset
    MMSI 367770440

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      #3
      15k for each engine????? Holy crap someone is padding their pocket. If you do the work yourself should be easily done for 10k more or less for both engines.

      Those engines are easy to work on , have a ton of room around them ( unless it has a generator)

      Buy some long blocks and put them together it's not that hard.

      Something like this ......

      https://www.summitracing.com/parts/nal-12491353

      You would probably want to change out the cam shaft but that wojld only be a few hundred per engine. Just take all the other parts off your other engines and install you'll be set.

      Also if you need new exhaust it would be another $1500 about.

      Of course if you can't do the work yourself take them over to the community college mechanics department. Maybe you can find a excellent student to put them together. Where there is a will there is a way.

      I bet you can do both engines for 10k or less + installation.
      1989 Avanti 3450 Sunbridge
      twin 454's
      MV Mar-Y-Sol
      1979 Bayliner Conquest 3150 hardtop ocean express.
      Twin chevy 350's inboard
      Ben- Jamin
      spokane Washington

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        #4
        Chef,

        Just saw this post. I am sorry to hear that. I too found out the hard way that there was more wrong with our boat than what we were led to believe. My fault though for not having the sea test done because the boat had already been winterized. I have had since the boat fixed and we are back in the water but this will definitely go down as a lesson learned on my end. Hope this all turns out well for you and you can somehow turn this fiasco around.


        JJ
        1987 Bayliner Avanti 3255
        Twin OMC 5.7L 4V

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          #5
          Boats are a big learning curve. It’s sad when I see this kind of thing.
          Every boat will someday, if maintenance is not kept up on reach a point where the value of the boat (if in proper shape) is less than the cost to catch up on the maintenance.

          KEVIN SANDERS
          4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
          www.transferswitch4less.com

          Whats the weather like on our boat
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          Where are we right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/36S4

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            #6
            Pretty much drop in ready
            http://www.michiganmotorz.com/marine...age-p-199.html

            No need to swap out cams or intakes or any of that stuff. Bolt on your exhaust and add your wiring.
            Boatless at this time

            A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including their life."

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              #7
              30g for 2 engines.... ill take that job!
              I just quoted a man for a complete engine job, using new pistons/rods/bearings, cam, rebuilt heads, bored block, all new fuel system, with all new exhaust.... with me taking it out of the boat and reinstall and make run.. $8500.... and thats figuring a $2000 dollar profit margin.... it seems a if someone wants to get their hand in your pocket.
              the engine(s) are the most expensive part of a boat to make it go, but not that expensive..... 30 grand will get you a a different boat in fairly good running condition. it sounds like you may have been scammed by someone who knows about as much about boats as you do, but in the same breath, I have to say that when buying boats, you have to know about them or hire someone that does....
              your situation isnt uncommon to those buyers that dont know and trust too much... and in hindsight, look how much you have learned about boats already.


              NU LIBERTE'
              Salem, OR

              1989 Bayliner 2556 Convertible
              5.7 OMC Cobra - 15.5x11 prop
              N2K equipped throughout..
              2014 Ram 3500 crew cab, 6.7 Cummins
              2007 M-3705 SLC weekend warrior, 5th wheel
              '04 Polaris Sportsman 700 -- '05 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO
              Heavy Equipment Repair and Specialty Welding

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                #8
                Originally posted by ChefJ View Post
                I was foolish in purchasing this boat with a partner who sent me pictures and misled me. The boat needs both engines and I just don't want to spend $15k for each engine (what I was told). Not certain if that is true or not, but I need to get rid of it. Anyone know of someone wanting this vessel?
                Maybe its time to take a deep breath and relax for a couple of months. A good education is expensive no matter how you get it and it sounds like you have been schooled pretty good. I read your posts from when you were buying the boat. Try to remember how happy and excited you were and chill out for a while. You're into it far enough now that you can probably put an accurate estimate on what its really going to cost you and clearly its going to be a lot more than what you paid initially. But you must have expected going in that there were going to be some upgrade costs.

                After some sober second thought you may still decide to dump the boat but don't compound the learning curve by making a hasty decision now.
                R.J.(Bob) Evans
                Buchanan, SK
                Cierra 2755
                Previously 43 Defever, Response LX
                Various runabouts, canoes & kayaks

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                  #9
                  Chef, I hate it for you but like me, there must have been a lot of good things that appealed to you early on.. Then like JJ said reality set in as I learned more and realized there were a lot of things that since being neglected previously needed attending to now so I'd have better quality and less to cause real headaches down the water. Just think in addition to those initial things you chose her for, how much better boat she'll be when she's complete ( like me). and if doing any of it yourself the pride in craftsmanship and durability benefits. Take a step back and regroup and look down the water to when once finished she'll be turning heads and STILL not cost as much as a newer one and most likely the rework will have her a notch or two above production standards. Wishing you much luck and success whatever path you take.
                  Dave
                  Restoring/ upgrading: 1990 Ciera Sunbridge 2655 ST, "One Particular Harbour"
                  5.7 Mercruiser Alpha 1 Gen 1 (my floating retirement villa if it doesn't kill me first)
                  Sold:
                  1995 SeaPro 210 C/C "Hydro-Therapy"
                  Mariner 150
                  Towing with:
                  2002 Ford F 350 7.3L Super Duty
                  Near High Rock Lake, N.C.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by ChefJ View Post
                    I was foolish in purchasing this boat with a partner who sent me pictures and misled me. The boat needs both engines and I just don't want to spend $15k for each engine (what I was told). Not certain if that is true or not, but I need to get rid of it. Anyone know of someone wanting this vessel?
                    Chef,

                    Any follow on Sir????

                    JJ
                    1987 Bayliner Avanti 3255
                    Twin OMC 5.7L 4V

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