Hey fellas, I'm sure you've seen some of my posts about picking up a Parker 2520 from Florida. So the story goes me and my boat partner Frank wanted to move up from our Grady-White 209 CC. It's been a great boat for the past three season but had it's limitations with weather and range. So I was on a never ending search for a bigger boat with more shelter and longer range. While I preferred the 2510 layout.. Frank preferred the Pilothouse. We would be fine with either as long as we found a solid boat for a good price. As we did with our GW we'd have a marine surveyor go through the boat before the purchase. I looked high and low for the last year and finally stumbled on a Craigslist ad that had just been posted and immediately contacted the seller. He got back to me right away and called me. Any suspicions I had about the ad were laid to rest after talking with the seller. Turns out that he was the original owner who at 70 just didn't have the time and energy for the boat and decided to sell. He had one potential buyer and he'd let me know after he came by. The next day he called and said the guy never showed so have my surveyor come out and look at the boat and it was ours if we wanted it. This was Sunday and I had a surveyor go out on Tuesday. Survey came back as above average with signs of wear and tear expected for a boat that age. Sea trial went well as the engines produced the correct speed for the specified rpm range according to Yamaha specs. I received an informal report as agreed upon prior and so we began negotiations and started the paperwork phase and the most time consuming and sometimes frustrating part of the whole process. We got stalled a bit part way through and the seller said he'd give it a few more days because by now he had guys lined up wanting the boat. In any event we got the deal done for $31k. Next up line up a transporter and Cory Pickvet was the unanimous choice. He picked up on Monday afternoon 4/16 and had the boat to us buy Wednesday night at 9pm. Cory was great. He said the trailer wiring was jacked up and had to do a quick rewire to get it right. Along the way a rusted bolt broke that was holding the right fender and he had to quick rig it for travel. We had a deal for $2400 and I threw him an extra $50. He parked the boat and away he went. Once we got the boat in the driveway we realized we need a bigger driveway. We're making room on the other side of the house by moving a fence back several feet to accommodate the 37ft of boat and trailer. I had a crude measurement of 33ft loa for the boat. So once we had the boat situated we started to go through it and take stock of what we had and what needed to be done. We knew about the fender and also the winch needed some minor work. I crawled under to get a look a the gel coat scrape that I knew about from talking with the owner and surveyor. I took some pics and posted it here for repair advice. I'm happy to say Jeff aka Fearlessfiasco came by today and we started the repair. He had said the pics looked much worse than it was. All in all the boat has a bunch of minor items that need work. From miscellaneous trailer items to a broken tie bar from transit, windows are sticky and need new gaskets, a couple of through hulls are sun damaged and need replacing, yada, yada, yada. It's a 2003 that sat for the last few years. It seems overwhelming right now but we're making progress. Gel coat is being repaired, tie bar has been replaced, etc. Please don't hesitate to send any info my way on where to find replacement parts for windows, cabin door lock, etc. We're looking into installing a bait tank and removing the stock tank, adding radar, tuna tower and through hull transducer to go with dual Garmin 741xs units. Currently is set up with a GCV10 module by previous owner. Excitingng and scary when we think of what we'd like to do and how much time a cost it will take but we can't wait to get out and slay some fish. The New Louie-Lui should get wet this Sunday for our maiden voyage if the weather cooperates. Thanks for taking the time to read this long winded post. I know I forgot to add a bunch of stuff but I'm not going to bore you any further. Again, we welcome any and all advice. Thanks!