Originally Posted by roberts2727
How much does a setup like that run Rob? I will be looking to purchase something similar soon.
We found this boat on WalleyeCentral advertised for $7500. The owner, a teacher in Aberdeen SD was honest about how it looked, and told us that it had been fished very hard, and kept under cover in a barn. He omitted the part about how it was covered with dirt road dust and man it was filthy. Nevertheless, it was sound, the motor has been maintained and only had some dock rash and minor dings on the outer hull. The seats were gross, and it just needed a ton of cleaning, and minor maintenance. The pedestals in 2 of the 4 seats were stuck in the receptacles, and required extraction using a pair of barrel jacks. ($19 rental) We spent a couple of hours at the car wash using degreasers and brushes to get the motor and hull clean. ($25)
Had our household carpet cleaner come over with his steam cleaner to clean the carpets ($75)
Replaced all four seats with new ones from Walmart that are very nice and match the boat ($440) And changed up the captain's pedestal with one that is highly adjustable up and down and fore and aft ($165).
New 16 degree prop was needed, as the 19 degree original wouldn't work very well in Colorado. ($179).
The spare tire on the trailer looked sketchy to me, so that had to be replaced ($49).
The anchor was tied to a clothesline, so I bought a chain and one hundred feet of anchor rope from Amazon. ($27)
The biggest expense was a new fish graph. The old Raytheon that was original equipment is deficient compared to today's electronics, so I found a Humminbird Helix 9 on Ebay in the box. It went for ($699) so I felt like I had a deal there.
The farmer I got the boat from had a car stereo installed several years ago, and it was rusted and inoperable. Amazon again, had a marine set up with blue tooth for less than most of the boat sites. That's in a box waiting for a time when I can pull the old one out and put the new one in. ($89).
The bimini top was mildewed and really funky. I bought some boat strength mold remover from RMR Solutions that really worked! It literally brought the white cover back to factory condition but I used nearly a whole bottle ($19) and an afternoon to do that. I needed a respirator to apply it, even outdoors. ($17). The cover for the bimini top was long gone, so ($62) later I got a new one from Coverquest. I also purchased a trailerable boat cover from them. ($275). The boat came with a very sturdy OEM Lund Tarp, and the splines had the hooks that grab the bungee cord installed, so no expense there, just some work to straighten a couple of them.
I'd guess that the first mate and I have about 120 hours in labor in the boat just to get it clean enough to get in it without the ick factor.
New boat registration at CPW is ($35), and new numbers were like ($19) for the pair. I had them printed as a decal rather than applying individual letters/numbers just because it was easier. Getting the old numbers off required a heat gun, some plastic chisels/squeegees and a strong solution called Letter Off ($19).
As I was going through all of the doc's that came with the boat, I learned that the hull was actually a 2001 Lund, not a 2000 so that sweetened the deal a little. The motor starts flawlessly, using a checklist that the previous owner had written down, ($24) for the water flush ears. The trolling motor is an I-Pilot device, purchased in 2012. It only needed a knob and padlock to secure it to the bow plate ($6).
The best part was getting it on the water on Tuesday and putzing around with it. Finally got a rod in my hand instead of a brush and bucket, so I guess I got what I paid for the little red boat!