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#253342 - 14 May 18 7:58 am - America/Chicago Advice on buying boat in the states for the sea
PeteG Offline
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Registered: 25 May 16
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Loc: Wisconsin, USA, Hopkins, Beliz...
Hello all. I'm beginning my search for a boat here in the states to eventually ship to Belize.
My fist question is: Is a 18 foot boat too small? I'm thinking I would only be taking it out on the sea in nice conditions, at least for the first many trips.
Today I'm looking at a Thundercraft 150 18 foot. And a Starcraft 17 foot. Both are outboard.
I'm already planning on buying a brand new Yamaha Enduro outboard.

Just hoping for feedback as to who is running "ski boats" out in Belize.

Thanks,
Pete

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#253343 - 15 May 18 12:18 pm - America/Chicago Re: Advice on buying boat in the states for the sea [Re: PeteG]
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Registered: 26 August 11
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Loc: Michigan / Sittee River
First I own a marina in Michigan, and I have a boat in Belize.

Stay away from Aluminum hulled boats for the salt water.
In my opinion 18' is to small. I have a 22' with a 225HP Motor, somedays I think that is to small. Yes it can be nice when you head out but sometimes on the way back you can be sorry.

I would also recommend buying a 4 stroke outboard over the old Enduro model. They use less than half the fuel and as we all know gas is not cheap in Belize.

Next the sun is hell on everything. The less vinyl the better, (seats)

Look at center consoles would be my advise.

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#253345 - 15 May 18 2:29 pm - America/Chicago Re: Advice on buying boat in the states for the sea [Re: PeteG]
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Registered: 25 May 16
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John P, thanks.
I will upgrade my search to 22 footers.

Now I'm debating inboard vs outboard.
I would prefer a 4 stroke Yamaha outboard but most of these bigger boats have onboard. With an inboard though I don't have to worry about stealing my engine.

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#253346 - 15 May 18 2:45 pm - America/Chicago Re: Advice on buying boat in the states for the sea [Re: PeteG]
PeteG Offline
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Registered: 25 May 16
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Loc: Wisconsin, USA, Hopkins, Beliz...
But, the inboard are major gas guzzlers...

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#253348 - 16 May 18 1:39 am - America/Chicago Re: Advice on buying boat in the states for the sea [Re: PeteG]
sitteecity Offline
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Registered: 21 July 17
Posts: 12
Outboards are far easier than inboards to get anything fixed.

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#253355 - 21 May 18 7:10 pm - America/Chicago Re: Advice on buying boat in the states for the sea [Re: PeteG]
PeteG Offline
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Registered: 25 May 16
Posts: 79
Loc: Wisconsin, USA, Hopkins, Beliz...
Well, I bought a boat. Not exactly what I was looking for but got a killer deal on it.
1986 Sea Ray 20 foot cuddy cabin. Has a rebuilt 5.7L mercruiser inboard. Overall a pretty decent boat for its age. Needs a little TLC but will be a nice summer project.
I plan on doing any repairs myself so I like the idea of an inboard better.

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#253357 - 24 May 18 11:00 am - America/Chicago Re: Advice on buying boat in the states for the sea [Re: PeteG]
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Registered: 26 August 11
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Loc: Michigan / Sittee River
If it does not have a closed cooling system you will eat the engine up in a year. Salt water can't pass thru the block of the engine. Also that period of Sea Ray is known for having rotted transoms. Make sure you check that or it will be a waste of time to take down there. Easy quick check knock on the transom starting from the outside of the boat work your way to the middle if you hear a hollow sound the wood is going out of the transom and is not safe.

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#253360 - 26 May 18 8:45 pm - America/Chicago Re: Advice on buying boat in the states for the sea [Re: PeteG]
PeteG Offline
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Registered: 25 May 16
Posts: 79
Loc: Wisconsin, USA, Hopkins, Beliz...
I checked for rot as best as possible. The boat is in really good condition for its age which tells me someone took care of it throughout time.

As far as the salt, I was told as long as you flush with fresh water afyer every time you take her out to sea you will remove most of the salt.
I am now looking into an aftermarket closed cooling system.

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