I have been looking at Ocean Boats for the last year and now I am trying to narrow it down somewhat.
Unfortunately most of my looking is on Craigs and occasionally I get a chance to walk around a harbor and take a closer look. That's one of the drawbacks to living in the Interior.
Anyway I have seen a number of Olympics for sale over the last year or so, that type of boat appeals to me, but I am not locked into a Olympic in any way. I am most interested in a 24-26 footers, and some of them are even in my price range!
It seems that for what ever reason the 24 footers are typically more money the 26 footers are?
So far I have seen 7- 26 footers for sale, 2 with 225 HP OB'S, 2 w/ 4 cylinder Volvo Diesels w. dou-props and 3 w/ 5.0 IB'S.
Prices range from 10-28 K, all were built between 1980 and 1988 with the oldest the most expensive?
During that same time I have seen 9- 24 footers posted, 1 w/ a 5.0 IB, 3 w/ 5.7 IB'S and 5 w/ 200 HP (or larger) OB'S. Prices range from 18 -38 K. The 24's were typically newer boats from 1984 to 1998 and maybe this is the biggest reason for the higher asking price?
Now, I know a lot of things come in to play w/ pricing, overall condition of boat and equipment, how many hours, type and age of electronics, radar, maintenance schedule, etc. but all the boats appeared to be reasonably well equipped w/ extras & all of them were advertised as a “turn-key” outfit. These listings were all “asking price” and some of them I have seen listed repeatedly at lower and lower prices, so I don't really know what they may have sold for.
So why the big difference in pricing between the 24 & 26?
Are these decent boats? Any particular things I should be aware of, or be looking for when inspecting?
Lastly, what about the power plants? I will most likely be a occasional user so I would be willing to trade the economy of a diesel for the speed of a gas motor.
Is the duo-prop the best outdrive in this size boat?
Do the IB'S have reasonable access to the engine for maintenance?
Thanks and I would appreciate any and all input......................John