2003 245 Weekender should I buy ?

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  1. Oriderusa

    Oriderusa New Member

    13
    Jan 24, 2017
    Port St. Lucie Florida
    2003 245 Weekender
    5.0 117 hrs
    It has a 5.0 and a Bravo II with just 117 hrs. I'm very new to boating, and would use this on the Indian and St. Lucie River in Florida. It would be in dry storage until I call to put it in the water. Anything special I should look for and should I get a Boat Inspector to take a look.

    Thanks..

    Jack in Port St. Lucie Floria
     
  2. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Active Member

    924
    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1999 Sundancer 340
    454 Mercruiser's w/ V Drives, Westerbeke gen set
    Get a good survey and make sure it includes the engine. That's a very low hour count for a 14 year old boat. I'd potentially be concerned that it sat "too much".

    And welcome!
     
  3. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Definitely get a survey. I would expect a significant amount of deferred maintenance. Its clear it wasn't used so it will need many items replaced.


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  4. Strypes

    Strypes Member

    718
    Dec 10, 2015
    Catawba Island
    12 Meter Trojan International Motor Yacht
    210 Sea Fox Center Console
    Avon 3.11 RIB
    454 Crusaders
    V6 Mercury Saltwater 150HP
    4 Stroke 5HP Mercury
    Welcome!

    Always have a survey done. It is imperative.

    Good luck.
     
  5. Todd320

    Todd320 Active Member

    300
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    I hired a mechanic to survey the engines, and a surveyor to do the rest of the boat, and I paid to have the engine oil analyzed (one boat had sodium in the oil at high levels, an indication there was some amount of salt water getting into the oil. Engines ran great, but for how much longer? I passed on that one and found a Sea Ray.


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  6. Oriderusa

    Oriderusa New Member

    13
    Jan 24, 2017
    Port St. Lucie Florida
    2003 245 Weekender
    5.0 117 hrs
    Thanks to all of you that responded to help me out. The boat is MINE now. It passed all the inspections and sea trial. I just got the oil changed and ready to take her out. I'm happy it is a nice boat, and handles very well, and the Wife Unit likes the head. Should be good to go.
     
  7. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Congrats! Let's see a picture of the new toy!


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  8. Oriderusa

    Oriderusa New Member

    13
    Jan 24, 2017
    Port St. Lucie Florida
    2003 245 Weekender
    5.0 117 hrs
    20170124_135721 - Copy.jpg New to me now. I was going to only look for a 20-21' but the "Wife Unit" wanted a Head, so I bought my 2nd boat first that gave her a few extras.
     

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