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32' SFB

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:16 pm
by Hiramsaint
I was wondering if any of you knew anything about this M. It's been for sale for over a year and I'm at a point to where I'm ready to get one. It's located between Sandusky and Cleveland. Just wondering why it hasn't sold yet and if anyone knows any history on it. Thanks!

https://cleveland.craigslist.org/boa/d/ ... 55130.html

Re: 32' SFB

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:39 pm
by jralbert
Shows nicely. Whatever you decide to buy,get a thorough survey first while recognizing that older boats likely will need some loving after the sale.

Re: 32' SFB

Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:43 am
by Fastjeff
A lot of money for an older M without AC. Gotta be far better bargains out there.

Jeff (Mr. Negative)

Re: 32' SFB

Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:15 am
by jralbert
True, Jeff..but if the boat is in good condition (how much remedial work is needed), the price is just an asking price, with give and take setting the final figure. Certainly not set in stone if the seller wants to sell. The pics are a great reminder how few changes the mfr made over time -- the '79 boat is remarkably similar to my former '88 boat.

Re: 32' SFB

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:31 pm
by Hiramsaint
Fastjeff wrote:A lot of money for an older M without AC. Gotta be far better bargains out there.

Jeff (Mr. Negative)

I've been looking, do you know of any I've missed? I've seen cheaper that's for sure and we all know what happens with cheap and with a bargain. I'm looking for at least 90% turnkey boat and an A/C is not much of a concern, it can be in purchased and installed easily.

Re: 32' SFB

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:48 pm
by Bryank97
I think if the boat shows well, and has a decent paint job on it, thats a fair asking price. It does have 2000 hours, so I would want to check compression on the engines. AC is nice, and like you said not tough to add later, little expensive but worth it

Re: 32' SFB

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:55 pm
by Bryank97
Two things i just noticed. It doesnt have a boarding ladder on the stern, nor are the rail cut so it must have never had one. Also the fuel tank is in the middle on the rear deck. My 1988 32 Sedan has two tanks to the outboard side (I think 75gal each). I wonder what the capacity is on this one?

Re: 32' SFB

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:39 pm
by Fastjeff
Two thousand hours is a lot on those engines, and the transmissions as well. I admit she looks nice, but she's also forty years old.

Many components in that boat (unless they have been replaced/ upgraded) are far past their prime: both struts and or bearings, the (troublesome) stock water pump, the head, the refrigerator, the bilge pumps, the shower stall pump, the blowers, the circuit breakers and ignition switches, windshield wiper motors, etc.--all items that have been known to need replacement.

Not trying to be negative here, but that's a lots of expensive repairs that MIGHT be needed when there's newer ones available for less.

Jeff

Re: 32' SFB

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:36 pm
by barefoot99
Consider the cost of ownership over the next few years . How many hours will you use running the boat, are you sleeping overnight at anchor,or at the dock. A/C - generator those 2 items will cost more than the asking price. Can work on it yourself,or will you be paying for that service. It is all in what YOU want your boating experience to be. Paint is the biggest number,and that one looks good in the pictures. Interior looks good also. Jeff brings up good points that are accurate, but ignored by most. What are you as the captain comfortable with spending. Pick 3 boats -do the 5 year budgets on each - your answer will be in the details. Personal preference always has a cost. Just find the one you can live with. Took 2 years for me to find the correct combination.That being said,over the last 9 years, I have spent almost 1.5 times the purchase price in making her new again,doing all the work myself and loving almost every minute of it.
Good luck,it gets in your blood.
Scott

Re: 32' SFB

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:26 am
by Fastjeff
..."That being said, over the last 9 years, I have spent almost 1.5 times the purchase price in making her new again,"

Yikes! Kinda mirrors my big M experience. It's amazing how much work and $$ one can spend on a boat, any boat.

Jeff

PS: That apparently includes boat trailers. I stupidly bought a Harbor Freight boat trailer kit and it literally fell apart on me yesterday when I was moving it (and without the boat in place. It was less than 3 years old, by the way.) The water here in Rock Hall is only slightly salty, but it's enough to rust hell out of everything!