First time boat buying questions

Discussion in 'Newbie Lounge - NEW' started by SolidSnake, Feb 24, 2017.

  1. trflgrl

    trflgrl Active Member

    Jun 23, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    1989 Sundancer 300
    Twin 350 Merc/Alpha 1 Gen 1; Quicksilver 4.0 gen

    (But please use an ignition protected device as a bilge/engine heat source rather than light bulbs. Your boat will thank you for it.)
  2. randmhall

    randmhall Member

    Apr 18, 2009
    Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Oklahoma
    2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag Bravo 3
    Congrats on the boat!
    Regarding your service, oil is pretty easy, most of our boats have a oil drain hose that will pull out of the transom drain plug hole, no pumping required, although you can still pump it out the dipstick if that is your preferance. As for the fuel filter, there are differences, mine is built ito the fuel pump, and is a bit expensive and hard to get to. The remote spin on ones are easy however.

    Enjoy the boat, and post pics!
  3. Blkbird

    Blkbird Active Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1997 Sea Ray 450 Sundancer
    Twin 3126 CATS
    Congratulations! Our first boat was a 2001 240 Sundeck and it was a great boat for the family. Ten years old and with less than 150 hours on the engine. And the reason was..

    1) We had just come out of a five year drought on the lake so the boat got minimal usage.
    2) The previous owner, a dentist, loved being on the water. His family hated it. Felt sorry for him but was happy to negotiate a good deal.

    So there are many reasons a boat could have lower hours.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2017
  4. SolidSnake

    SolidSnake New Member

    Feb 16, 2017
    '04 Sundeck 240
    6.2 Merc Bravo III
    I ended up buying this instead for the last couple weeks...

    I didn't like other "presidential solutions" :lol: so thought this would be a lot safer...

    Yeah I can't wait to enjoy it. The service on it should be a breeze for me at least since I already do it on a daily basis for industrial sized air compressors. Plus I am just mechanically inclined since I always worked on cars and trucks as a kid.

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