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20 years old & still awesome looking

JoeStangJoeStang Member Posts: 1,122 ✭✭✭✭
Just came across this locally on CL. This is probably cleaner than most 2 year old boats....

http://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/boa/4296174306.html





2013 276 Cuddy ~ 350 MAG / B3

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    JoeStangJoeStang Member Posts: 1,122 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2014
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    2013 276 Cuddy ~ 350 MAG / B3
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    Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Member Posts: 5,439 ✭✭✭✭✭
    nice looking!

    Past owner of a 2003 342FV
    PC BYC, Holland, MI
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    Lifes GoodLifes Good Member Posts: 465 ✭✭✭
    Sweet! I'd own that any day of the week!
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    212rowboat212rowboat Member Posts: 2,591 ✭✭✭✭✭
    and here I think my '05 looks decent.... you fresh water guys have a leg up on us salty fellers.. that stuff eats everything.. dang it..

    by.. that thing is immaculate!! even the bright work (where there is bright work) seems to be perfect!!
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    Glassguy54Glassguy54 Member Posts: 588 ✭✭✭
    You can certainly tell when an owner takes the time to keep things looking good. I think its called "Pride of Ownership" and you don't need a mega yacht to display it!
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    TikiHut2TikiHut2 Member Posts: 1,431 ✭✭✭✭✭
    less than 100hrs.......It's not a criticism but it says a lot about where their time was spent. It's been said that a savvy boat buyer will look for the seller who wasn't really into boating as much a tweaking his ride. I'd expect the engine compartment to show just as much pride of ownership.

     It should probably be in the Rinker showroom as a testament to the brand especially since we all know how rare it is for any boat to survive that long in such good shape.

    And yes Drew, forget about the boats that are used day in/out in salt or fresh water. I guess I was never one to keep my stuff in the wrapper to admire and everything just wears out once it's put to good use....... which is the MAIN thing eh?

     If it equates to people, I know my salty old carcass will frustrate the organ donor program. Maintenance and hygiene only within good reason for me. Helll, I say hit the water and hand me a drink I'm already way past museum quality :D

    2004 FV270, 300hp 5.7 350mag MPI Merc 305hrs, 2:20 Bravo3 OD w.22p props, 12v Lenco tabs, Kohler 5kw genset, A/C, etc.etc...
    Regular weekender, Trailer stored indoors, M/V TikiHut, Sarasota, Fl
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    Dream_InnDream_Inn Member, Moderator Posts: 7,594 mod

    Couldn't have said it better Tiki! =D>

    Absolutely a beautiful boat!

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

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    212rowboat212rowboat Member Posts: 2,591 ✭✭✭✭✭
    my father tells a story along those lines..

    he was a VP of a regional oil company.. he was at a convention and it was the day the big execs were attending.. An exec pulls up in his brand spankin' new rolls, and makes sure everyone saw it.. while folks are still standing outside talking, another Rolls rolls up, and another exec gets out... he walks to the group, and stands listening to the first Rolls owner, who is still talking about his car.. Apparently the two knew each other, and had bought pretty much duplicate cars...

    one person in the group asks the second driver/exec "what's the difference between your cars?" ... the second dude, who was apparently a lot more humble than the first replies "well, the most obvious difference is my car brought me here, while he brought his"..

    ------

    It's like a dude who buys a car destined to become a classic, and garages it for forty years... why in the world doesn't he USE it? Ain't that what it was made for? Or, a sports/race car that never sees the speed limit... ???....

    My sisters Husband is related to a fella somehow (older dude) who was into Fords big time in the fifties and sixties- he bought a new one every year, w/o trading his old(er) ones in.. he kept them under a shelter in the field behind his home, which was on the other side of a hill and hidden from passers-by..

    they sat there and basically corroded.. In the early nineties, the state exercised imminent domain and cut a four lane through the area- and the cars were viewable from that highway.. they lasted about a year before thieves picked them clean.... it's a shame, because they had very few miles on them, and were straight up OE original, but were left to die..

    the reason I share these two stories, is that they are similar to what Tiki shared... one dude treasures his purchase and doesn't want to risk damaging it, even if they never use it.. the other cold care less, and lets them deteriorate to the point they are almost worthless....

    I take care of what I have, as it's a pride thing... you can tell a lot about somebody based simply on how they take care of their property. 
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    Glassguy54Glassguy54 Member Posts: 588 ✭✭✭
    The boat I owned previously, a 20ft runabout, I bought through Craigslist from a guy North of Minneapolis, about 275miles from me. I drove up to take a look and it was super clean, much like that Rinker above. It was 9 years old. There wasn't any where close by to put it in the water to check it out, so he asked if I wanted him to put the muffs on so I could at least hear it run. I said, "ya know, I can tell it's been taken care of." So I bought it on the spot and it was a great little boat while we had it. I also kept meticulous care of it and when we wanted to move up, I put it on Craigslist, and a guy from Bemidji, Minnesota drove 8 hours to Iowa and bought it on the spot! We used it at every opportunity and very frequently, but we took excellent care of it so there was no apprehension involved with that boat at all. Similar with our '07 246 Captiva. Saw it on Craigslist, went to look and it was in beautiful condition and we paid full asking price because I knew it would move fast. We looked at many other boats that looked real rough for their age, and passed on those. When we go to sell this one, it should hold the same appeal. We use it a lot, but we maintain it fastidiously, and it looks fabulous!
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    212rowboat212rowboat Member Posts: 2,591 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That's a good lookin rig, man.. mine is the same color scheme, but has all that liberty edition crap on the side.. I'd pull it, but I'm afraid of fade.. I'm going to end up wrapping it later, I think..

    As you guys know, I tinker, and mod stuff.. my truck is my latest victim,... Er.. uh,... Project.. a couple kids have one similar to mine and approached me about it.. one of their daddy's bought them one.. covered with mud, beat to crap, ect.. a $70k truck.. they had and we're laughing about blowing turbo seals and head gaskets... It kills me.. I wonder if they worked and paid for it themselves would they care better for it?

    Anyway...

    Kudos to the dude who has taken such care of that boat.. someone should send a link to randy and see if he wants it as a testament..
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    Glassguy54Glassguy54 Member Posts: 588 ✭✭✭

    Drew,

    Ours had the liberty graphics too. I peeled them. Looks better IMO. Previous owner had indoor storage as do I , and never slipped - pulled out & washed after every outing so there was only the slightest hint of any phantom image. I can see it, but I doubt anyone else would ever notice.

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    BoatAwayBoatAway Member Posts: 179 ✭✭✭
    i assumed this thread was going in a whole different direction....
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