Looking at a 2000 Seafarer 226 - Need tips to look for common issues

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Hi All - Wife and I are looking at a 2000 Seafarer 226 on Friday. Going to bring a mirror and a flashlight to view as much of the boat as I can.

Looking for advice on known issues to look out for. The boat is priced at a premium given the low hours on the engine and I want to avoid any future surprises. I also comes with a new trailer.

Wife and i are in Eliot Maine.

Appreciate any and all guidance!

Kevin
 

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Hi Kevin. I have a ‘99 226 that I bought 3 years ago and I love the boat. That being said, you are talking about a 22 year old boat. There are known transom issues with Gradys of that vintage as well as a host of other things depending on how it was maintained/used. I’m in my 60’s, been around boats most of my life and consider myself pretty knowledgeable but I still wouldn’t consider buying anything like that without a comprehensive survey from a competent surveyor.
 

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Thanks for the response! I do plan on having it surveyed!

Thanks again for the feedback!
 

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Hi kevin, how did it go? Yamaha ox66 on it?
 

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Well that one got scooped up by a buyer that was ahead of us. But we are looking at a 2003 226 with Yamaha 225 tomorrow that had it's transom rebuilt by the marina that services it (also a Yamaha dealer)....Thanks for checking in!
 

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Cool! Did they close the transom in or keep the notch?
 

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See if the Yamaha had the mid section done. Fairly common problem that if caught early can be corrected without affecting the engine.