I've been casually searching for a family boat. It's my wife, myself, and two smaller kids. Found what appears to be a garage kept 2000 Glasstron. 18.5 ft, 4.3 Merc inboard. It is described as being in good shape and the pictures would indicate that as well.
I know that the 4.3 is the perferred power option to the 135hp 4 cylinder. I know that Glasstron makes middle level boats. This haul is all fiberglass, no wood.
Assuming the boat checks out, anything to look out for?
If the cockpit is carpeting, make darn sure the flooring isnt soft. Personally, I wouldnt buy any boat with carpet, fiberglass liner only. I assume since its a glastron it is fiberglass.
In many cases Glastron runabouts came with painted metal trailers instead of aluminum or galvanized. The problem with this is they tend to rust under the crossmembers but tend to look normal when looking from above/street level.
I would crawl under the trailer, normally there will be two or three cross members running from one side to the other, parallel to the axle.
Poke the bottom of the crossmembers for rust/corrosion, many times you will be able to poke your finger right through. Im talking painted trailers in general not directed at Glastron but when buying a preowned boat a new trailer can add to the cost if not taken into account when buying.
Of course engine and sterndrive, well, common sense prevails there.
Patience does pay off, after we lightly looked for the last year or two, we hit a home run back in FEB/March.
Purchased a 2008 Chaparral 180 SSI. Truly showroom condition, just amazing, aluminum trailer too. Not even a rusted bolt on the 135 Volvo Penta engine. I didnt believe the hour meter at first but now I do, its a digital built into the OEM tach, under the dash, the date on the tach is the same as the production year of the boat. 65 hours.
(not advised) but we actually bought the bought right onsite without starting it or taking it for a test ride. First time in my life I EVER did anything like that, but sort of knew the place we were buying would stand behind it AND felt the need to act fast at the price, Boat runs like new, zero smoke, I did replace the prop with an OEM of the same/4blade. Performance of the engine exceeded every expectation as I was a bit concerned with the 135 myself, will hit 44 MPH/4 adults on board and for us, that is fine, we are past the water sports part of our lives.
My history? I have been boating and owned my own boats since a kid back in (gulp) 1974, everything from 17 foot outboards and I/O to a 268 Sea Ray Sundancer. Last time I needed a large repair on any of them was back around 1978 and do my own maintenance all the time.