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September 30 2011 at 11:47 PM
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Hello Chris,

I remind you that I had to pay darn near $2000 for a trailer I then got to adapt for a 23 Lancer hull. If you get the trailer and the boat for half that, you beat the WPS by a long shot. If the darn thing has a motor and transmission that works, then you are golden. If you get the boat and it has no motor or transmission for that price, still take it. If it has a bad motor or tranny, you could spend as much fixing it as you could finding a good take out motor as we have seen Dr. Namken do on numerous occasions. As you know, motors and transmissions are a crap shoot, there is no assurance. The hull is the sure shot. If the motor and or transmission were both working well, the boat would still be in use, so if a boat has been sitting up there is some reason to anticipate a problem with one or both. There are always exceptions.

Working on a 23, these are big runabouts. So far there has been nothing I have found that is not easily accessible or able to be fixed. On the same hull, for instance, if it was a 23 Commander it would have a V-drive and you really need a trunk monkey to change out the shaft packing on one of those. On the inboard, pretty simple, everything is right there. Q motor or not, any SBC motor is reasonably straight forward to rebuild, and if you can't rebuild it then you can get a long block like Eric Jensen did for around $1500, and all the old marine stuff will bolt right on. Of course, the lesson Eric has shared with us is to be sure the new block has the truck (marine) heads so the bosses are tapped for the water pump and alternator. Learn something every day around this place.



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