There seem to be more SN 196 for sale from that era, the 01-03 196’s seem to range from $13-21k. The 197’s seem to demand a premium over 196’s though.
That MC boat looks and sounds nice but I wouldn’t pay above the teens for a ’02. I worry about long term parts ability for the LTR Chevy’s.
You have a good mission to get another MC on the water.
Currently Boatless, searching for next boat SN 196...?
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