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  • Buying a bass boat tomorrow. Few questions.

     john updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 8 Posts
  • john

    June 13, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Hello, I am going out tomorrow and looking at a bass boat I am considering buying. On the pictures I have a few concerns, I am new to fibre glass boats so please let me know if I am mistaken.

    [Figure 1](

    In Figure 1 does it look like the fibre glass on the bottom left is damaged? or is that just normal ware for a 30 year old bass boat.

    [Figure 2](

    Figure 2 honestly looks like its in pretty good condition minus the crack on the trolling motor plastic.


    [Figure 3 (Lowrance fish finder is not included.)](

    Figure 3 is the console interior, Looks pretty good quality.

    The package I am buying is a Bayliner Cobra 1804 (18ft) with a 140 hp johnson VRO. It has a 80lb thrust fortrexx trolling motor & a Garmin 5cv fish finder. That for $7,500 CAD. Does any one think I should be slightly concerned? or is it a bad deal?

    Any things I should specifically look for when im next to the boat tmrw?

  • JangoMike

    June 13, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Id pass. Take that cash and grab a new one. The engine alone makes me nervous. Boat looks beat to hell.

  • Darpa181

    June 13, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Looks pretty rough. Check for cracks and make sure you have a solid transom. Compression on the engine cylinders. Everything operational, including the trailer lights. You’re going to be spending some money on that getting stuff fixed up most likely.

  • sdbassfishing

    June 13, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Engine and and transom are the most pressing items. For that price, it sounds to me like maybe there’s an issue there, as an 18ft fiberglass boat with a 140 in good working order and a nice trolling motor like it has should be a good bit higher. Check the keel as well. If possible (and it should be for that kind of investment), ask to take it on the water for a demonstration of its function.

  • bass-smash

    June 13, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Agree with previous comments, it is in pretty rough shape, I had the same thing come up when I bought mine a couple months ago, found one I ” thought ” I wanted until further inspection. Was patient and ended up with a much much better boat for less than what they were asking for the other.

  • gotmynose

    June 13, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    All of this will apply to any used boat built with wood, not just the one you’re looking at. I wouldn’t trust a bayliner to hold up all that well for 30 years, but it’s your decision.

    I’m not seeing glass damage in the first picture, but I do see gel scratches and severe oxidation of the gelcoat. This boat has spent a lot of time out in the sun. The oxidation is where the gel is hazy/chalky and will feel rough.

    The condition of the transom and the hull under the waterline are more important than the cap. Rock the outboard and look for flex in the transom. A soft transom is a bad transom. Look for cracking on the transom and staining near the mounting holes (inside and out). Stress cracks aren’t a big deal, but “something in here broke” cracks are. Staining means water intrusion and probably bad transom. Look for cuts/gouges that go through to the glass on the underside. Exposed glass will soak up water and cause problems. Also keep an eye out for impact damage, it’ll have some sort of spiderweb cracking at the point of impact.

    You’ll also want to make sure the floors aren’t soft. Boats used a lot of wood back then. Walk around and make sure all of the floors are solid. Soft floors can be fixed without puling the cap, but what else is bad? Are the stingers rotted too?

    It’s best to go get the outboard looked at by a mechanic unless you know what you’re doing. Outboards with problems get expensive in a hurry.

    Ask for a water test. Look to see if any water gets into the bilge which can indicate a leak. See what does and doesn’t work. Pumps aren’t deal breakers, just be aware of what needs fixed. Make sure the engine starts like it should and preforms like one should. Make sure you’re ok with the layout. I would not buy a boat the seller was not willing to water test.

  • dubstepbongmilker

    June 13, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    I’ve been seeing this boat for sale for over a month (hello fellow Ontarion) there’s probably a reason it hasn’t sold yet, I’m going to look at an 88procraft Sunday for my first boat

  • Therooferking

    June 13, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Way to much $$$$

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