Yeah man I have totally agree with you I want a boat way to bad!! But I need to look through the crap ones so I can figure out what the good ones will look like. Learned a lot over the past 6 months that I have been researching this. I however am not a complete noob to this whole subject Just a noob to inflatable boats I have only had one that was just my tender to get out to my sail boat I was living on. Didn't really care that it deflated every day although the Harbor patrol seemed to have a problem with it. I am just in a totally different world here when it come to inflatables I have repaired Fiberglass and Wooden boats just never inflatables. Most of the time I was worried about sail boats and electric motors on the other boats I worked on not outboards. Also now I live on a river so basically to sum up I am now in a completely different boat.
The reason for looking at old beat up boats is that they are cheap and well we aint got alot of cash. The other reason is I have a hard time buying something that does not need work. I love taking something that is about dead and bringing it back to life its seriously a problem I have ask my wife. Also since I live on the water every day I look out and I see boats passing me by its kinda like wonderful torture. So on that note let me ask you guys about another bit of boat that needs some work.
Found an avon sport 4.2 probly from the early 90s or late 80s its holding air has some patches but seems all around in decent nik way better than the chinook. However its missing a floor there is always something right. I will post some pics of it I can get it for about 150 I think. So I figure I could spend another 100 and make a brand new marine ply or aluminum floor. I am a fabricator/Carpenter with a Sheet metal factory that I have access to. What you guys think? would this go well with a 40 hp evinrude? Getting the motor that looks very very clean in all the right places for 350. The motor is a 93 but there is very little corrosion under the hood but going to check the compression on Saturday.
I will post a link to the boat.
Avon Sport Boat For Sale in Kingswood, Dublin from vincent880
the price on here is not what I will be paying.
Here is a link for close ups of the rear transom seems to be dry and not rotten?
so now you know my whole life story regarding boats what ya think of this project?