Bought a boat! Now to start the work...

Toolate

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Thanks to the members here and a healthy obsession with blowing through my savings for all things nautical, I have just purchased this beauty.

Had it surveyed and I am buying it after seeing a total of about 400 pictures from the surveyor. No I have never seen it in person so I am totally nuts but the boat is so clean and its the hull I have been looking for so I went all in.

Survey showed some moisture here and there but not a total soak job and there are very few cracks in gel coat so I am hoping for the best (famous last words I know...).

It has a chrysler 318V8 with 2045 hours that I will be replacing with a gas engine I suspect based on cost but that decision is not finalized. Hoping to make it cruise 16kts at least and I think that would be possible with a gas engine even if it has to be a big one.

Would love to start a 30' Sisu discussion thread for any and all things related to this hull because there really is so little out there on them and, to me anyway, this boat has the perfect layout for a couple to cruise or a family to weekend. Supposed to be great seakeeper too but that is not such an issue in LI Sound.

THanks for the insight and watch for more to come- I will update you all when I see it (for the first time).

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Guess I can only do one at a time. Files must be too big.

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Have more but thats all for now. Hop you like it! Looks like no one ever did anything to it.

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Congrats buddy as far as the obsession .. Just wait til you enjoy working on it more than you do using it and when you happier covered in dust then you are clean , and when you don't want to interect with other humans.. That's when you know your hooked.
 

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Best of Luck. That 318 is hard too kill. I wouldn't go throwing it out just yet!
 

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Congrats! Looks like a nicely kept boat! Good luck with it!!
 

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Congrats!

Happy times for you! Congrats on your new DE boat!
 

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Good Luck with her !!! Stay safe and have fun on the water....Life is short, and there's so much to enjoy when out on a boat...always trust your instincts....I hope to follow you someday in the foreseeable future.....
 

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The engine would probably go a while but its just too slow and I really dont want to run the risk of spending a month out of a summer dealing with mechanical issues. Bought the boat to replace the tanks/engine for reliability and better speeds. The season is short!

Not sure how long I spent looking at pics of it today but a while. Hoping to get it this week but we will see. Its 13' tall and trailering it is going to be interesting. Talking to hauling companies now.
 

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congrats, Looks clean, nice looking ride enjoy!! I got a nice 135 Perkins it will push it at least 9knots LOL :D
 

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Nitrous fed maybe. WOuld be a short ride I think.
 

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Congrats on the new boat. I am sure you'll enjoy her.

I have a Sisu 26' that is nowhere as clean as what you've got there and loving it.

Good luck on transport. Will you be launching her right away or going right to work on your project list?
 
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