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Old 06-05-2013, 10:32 PM
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First time boat buyer, could you have a look at this boat? Advice needed - Maristar















Stumbled across this boat and it doesn't have a hours meter (too old i guess)

Looks to be in pretty good shape.. it's a 91 maristar the guy said i believe.. Are these good boats? What are some common issues and what all should i check out before buying and or do while on a water test?

How much would you pay for this boat?

Any advice is appreciated

Jimmy
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:38 PM
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Search the forums for guidance on inspecting a used boat .... I will try to post a link for you ..... It looks like a TriStar 190 to me ...
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:41 PM
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:42 PM
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x2 on a tristar. Where is it? based on the galvanized trailer and rust on the engine, I would start by checking for oxidation on the running gear and ask about saltwater usage. Not necessarily the kiss of death, but if salt water was allowed to sit in the engine it could get expensive.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:48 PM
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Nice.. thanks for the link!

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x2 on a tristar. Where is it? based on the galvanized trailer and rust on the engine, I would start by checking for oxidation on the running gear and ask about saltwater usage. Not necessarily the kiss of death, but if salt water was allowed to sit in the engine it could get expensive.
It's at a boat dealer in Georgia.. he said they deal with new and used boats. He mentioned it was a new trailer? Not sure. What would salt water do sitting in the engine? Also where is the running gear located? I will ask

How much do you all think it's worth if everything checks out on a water test?
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:56 PM
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Looks pretty clean on the outside.. I do see a split in the front seat cushion and its at a funky spot where I am not sure if they can repair in from behind? But I had my front sections redone for a few hundred bucks..
I asked the same question on what I could expect to get for mine.. I would say any where from $8k to $10 depending on how it looks in person..and water test..

Have you seen it in person? I agree I think even the decals on the rear say tristar..

If this one doesn't work out I know one located in Missouri if green isn't your color
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:56 PM
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Looks like an hour meter on the left hand side of the steering wheel to me!!
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:42 AM
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I had a 89 version of this boat. Not a bad boat but definitely an inland lake boat. The hour meter as stated above is on the left of the steering wheel with the little red wheel (for a better term) located in the center of it. The running gear is considered to be the prop, prop shaft, the shaft bearings and coupler. If you want to take the definition further you could include the engine, trans and anything connected to it.

Saltwater will sit in the block if the engine is not flushed after use. Saltwater boats tend to eat through engines, exhaust manifolds/risers and just about anything else in a relatively short amount of time. A lot of people won't touch a saltwater boat (including myself) due to the caustic nature of the water and repair/maintenance that goes along with it. Aluminum and galvanized trailers are often associated with saltwater use due to their resistance to corrosion.

From the pictures the boat looks to have been taken care of but pictures tend to hide the actual condition and leave out details. If you don't know what you're looking for a survey of the boat would be a good idea. As stated above you can get into trouble quick on an older boat if you don't know how to properly determine condition/value.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:42 AM
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Looks like an hour meter on the left hand side of the steering wheel to me!!
Looks like it.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:09 AM
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That galvanized trailer makes me think salt water.... I've seen 1st hand what brackish water does to boats and trailers, I'd be wary.
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