I have an accepted offer on a 7M.
It is your standard retired military Cummins/Conrad vessel located here in Southern California.
I took a look at it a couple of weeks ago on a trailer, and am scheduled for a sea trial hopefully this upcoming week.
I went through the boat pretty thoroughly, and it appears to be in fair shape. I don't believe there is anything majorly wrong with the boat, and close to turn key.
The batteries were dead, so I couldn't turn any of the switches on, but the owner said he would have them replaced by the time of my sea trial.
The only thing I know about these vessels, I have learned on this site. I have picked up quite a bit of knowledge, but not enough to really know exactly what I am looking at and looking for.
I do not know if I will have the boat professionally surveyed prior to purchase, but would like at the minimum to hire someone to go out on the sea trial and take a cursory look at the boat. Is there anyone here that might be interested in that, or know of someone in the area that does this kind of work?
I own a van with a diesel in it, and when I peg the throttle at a stop light, smoke comes out of the exhaust. This is normal. Is it the same on a boat?
I know the boat has tach, trim, oil, and temp gauges. I know it has a couple more, but I don't remember what they are. What other gauges are likely to be on the boat? What kind of readings should I be seeing once boat is at running temperature?
Thanks again everyone. Fingers crossed.