As some of you know, I am not thrilled about the new boats or their prices. For the last three years I have been buying slightly older large Sea Rays and updating them. The older boats (in my opinion) look much sleeker and prettier on the outside than the new generation. Where they are lacking is on the inside. The interior on some of them are horrible. Good news is that this is easily fixed. My boats when finished have been re-selling for top dollar without even advertising them. The boat I have now is a 'keeper" so I am not trying to sell it here at all. I thought I would start this thread and show you how some of these turned out, and so you can see the progress on the current boat. Maybe someone will get inspired and buy themselved a pre-owned Sea Ray and do the same. You really end up with a very nice boat at a good price if you do it right! Skip the sunk/salvage boats. Those are too far gone. I have done two of those already. A 42 Chris Craft and a Formula 400SS. They both turned out great (both are almost complete) but imagine spending three years and 200K....! Not a good deal. Get a boat that runs well, and is solid and complete. Then update it. I will start with some pictures of the current boat in progress. This is a 1997 Sea Ray 580SSS. It was already a beautiful boat and ran perfectly but the interior was very blah and outside some of the salt air had taken it's toll. The equivelant boat from Sea Ray now lists for 2.5M and I don't like it as much as this one. Just wait until it is finished. It will out shine and maybe out run the new one at less than a 1/4 the price. It is also in the flat stage of it's depreciation curve so it will hold it's value well. The Sea Ray name helps that too. Here is the boat being lifted to ship in St. Pete FL, and how it arrived in TX. Good bones here. Nice lines, the right engines, and a new 30K teak cockpit floor.