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Old August 27th, 2008, 09:33 PM   #1
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A few newb questions...

Just went and looked at an 82 Century Sun Express 5000 tonight. Seems to be a decent boat. 23' cabin cruiser style boat with a 260HP 350 SBC Mercruiser.

Any opinions on Century boats? It would be our first endeavour into the boating field. He fired it up while we were there and it started right up and ran smooth with no ticks, knocks, etc. I didn't see any hull scratches or gouges. Any tips on what to look for in a used boat?

Also, what would insurance on something like this roughly cost? We are trying to figure out if it is something we can afford and enjoy.

Any other tips would be helpful as well since I may not know what to ask even.
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Old August 28th, 2008, 05:25 PM   #2
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Insurance should be pretty cheap (less then 1,000 a year hopefully closer to $500/yr.)

260 merc 350 small block is good motor.

Century makes decent boats.

Get the boat surveyed, that is an OLD boat, make sure its not rotten.

Enjoy.
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Old August 28th, 2008, 08:26 PM   #3
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Just a FYI, boats aren't required to have insurance.
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Old August 31st, 2008, 09:17 PM   #4
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Insurance should be pretty cheap (less then 1,000 a year hopefully closer to $500/yr.)

260 merc 350 small block is good motor.

Century makes decent boats.

Get the boat surveyed, that is an OLD boat, make sure its not rotten.

Enjoy.

Got some quotes on insurance and I was very surprised about the rate..... .280/yr. I was expecting that a month since I was clueless.

Now I gotta research some surveyors...One of the insurance quotes mentioned a survey as well. Any suggestions on that?

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Just a FYI, boats aren't required to have insurance.
Being a first time boat owner, I think I will have insurance on it.

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Old August 31st, 2008, 09:36 PM   #5
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Being a first time boat owner, I think I will have insurance on it.
Smart move.

As for a surveyor I do not know, but I could find out.

where do ou live? where is the boat?
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Old August 31st, 2008, 09:44 PM   #6
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Otsego would put him in west michigan, probably running out of south haven, only a guess.
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Old August 31st, 2008, 09:51 PM   #7
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I am half way between Otsego and Allegan (about 30 min northwest of Kalamazoo). South Haven, Saugatuck, Holland are the closest to my knowledge. The boat is in Gobles.


Edit: found this guy , but he doesn't list a cost. Hmm.. guess I may have to call on Tuesday. On to more searching..

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$10-20 a foot is standard cost.

Just call some marina's in Grand Haven, Holland etc. They can recommend good surveyors. The only guys I know are on the east coast.
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$10-20 a foot is standard cost.

Just call some marina's in Grand Haven, Holland etc. They can recommend good surveyors. The only guys I know are on the east coast.
That looks like about what I am finding as well. And I figured you were more east coast, but thanks for looking.
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