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Old 09-18-2018, 05:03 PM
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Helping My Bro Buy a Boat.

Im trying to help my brother by a 1986 Fountain 24 foot center console (Im not promoting this brand!!) Have any of you had any experience with these boats? Construction, things to look out for, ect. It has been re-powered with an evinrude e-tech with all new (28 hours) electronics. I looked on the internet and couldn't find any info. I guess I can ask a Fountain forum, but you guys are so helpful!
http://https://www.shoppok.com/myrtl...ce=clazoutfeed
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:13 PM
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Reggie made some crazy serious boats back in the day. They quite regularly beat boats in races with less power and length than their competitors. Rigging and construction set the standards for the time which given the fact that you're looking at an 86 is a testament to their build quality.

So with all those wonderful words being said..... it's an 86 boat that typically was used in saltwater conditions. The link you have doesn't work so I can't even see pictures or a description of the boat. Assuming even the best of care it's still a 32 year old "go fast" that was quite likely driven and used hard like it was designed to be. The sane thing to do with any boat this age (and especially with a boat of this design and probable usage) would be to have a through survey done. Transom, stringer integrity and stress cracks would be the first things I be looking as well as any previous repairs.
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:25 PM
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One pic? Stringers and transom are issues at this age and expensive to fix.
Maybe this link will work.

https://www.shoppok.com/myrtlebeach/...nlet-S-C--.htm
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Old 09-19-2018, 07:57 AM
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Aluminum trailer, Myrtle Beech SC = a 32 year old salt water boat. Not for me. I'd look for one up north and far away from the ocean if you're looking at a boat of this type/age.
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:35 AM
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The owner just sent a copy of the Hull Id and title to him to review, Turns out its a 1995 and not a 1986 , also its a 25 foot. It seems like to me that not knowing that information about your boat is a huge over site. The survey is a good idea, I told him that is what I would do on a boat that old. I also found alot more information about the boat with the correct year. These fountains do have wood cored transoms and stingers.

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Old 09-19-2018, 10:30 AM
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Yeah not much of a chance it'll be any better. It's still a 23 year old salt water boat. Also agree that by the way it's being presented and misrepresented is a serious red flag. Move on.....
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Old 09-19-2018, 10:58 AM
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I don't know many off shore folks but I do know a decent amount of bass fishermen and most of them will tell you to stay away from the e-tecs. There's a reason they have such a good warranty, because you're going to need it and you're going to miss time on the water because your boat is in the shop.
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