I would vote for the 1996 Four Winns for several reasons.
>> Stay informed about: Seeking advice on power boat purchase (Glastron, Four Winns)
2. Power to weight ratio better than any other boat you mention.
3. Outboard does not require winterization in the sense that an I/O does.
You can run the boat a lot more weekends in Canada.
Recommend a good checkup by a reputable mechanic after you test drive the
boat. Not the wide open rpms and speed w/ a gps if you have access to one.
If it checks out, don't worry about the records. Only maintenance required
on an outboard is a water pump, spark plugs, lower unit oil change, and run
good gas and oil. The mechanic should change the water pump, change the
lower unit oil and verify no water or metal, verify compression is good and
ignition is good.
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"skategoat25" wrote in message
> I just purchased a new cottage and will be buying my first powerboat. I
> have my eye on a couple of boats and wanted to get some opinions from the
> group (all prices are in Canadian dollars).
> 1) 1996 Four Winns 170 Horizon bowrider with 135 Evinrude O/B. This boat
> kept trailered year-round and the seller claims only a few weeks use a
> I haven't seen it yet but the seller claims it's in excellent shape with a
> small ding in the bow from a docking mishap. The price seems pretty fair
> $10,500CDN. My worry though is that he does not have service records. He
> claims to have serviced the boat himself.
> Would you run from this deal or would a competent mechanical survey and
> test alleviate any concerns about powertrain damage?
> 2) 1998 Glastron CSX 18 foot bowrider with 125 Mercury O/B. Absolutely
> shape with all records but a little pricey at $15,900.
> I'm familiar with the Glastron name from watching James Bond, etc. but I'm
> wondering, are the Glastrons still high quality boats or are they living
> past reputation?
> 3) Brand new Glastron MX 175 for $15,995. I never heard of this
> model until I hit the Glastron site. It appears to be a new budget line.
> I'm a little surprised by the low price. What have they left out of this
> boat to make it such a good deal? Has anyone driven one? I can't find
> reviews or any other info on this boat.