2003 Parker 2520 DVSC Purchase

Discussion in 'Parker Boats - The Tradition Continues' started by lougio, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. lougio

    lougio Capt Lou

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    La Mesa, CA
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    Lou
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    '03 Parker 2520 Louie-Lui II
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    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.
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    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!
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  2. MarMax

    MarMax Bohica butt Wgasa

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    Mike
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    I have a 2008 2530 so just PM me if you have questions. Happy to share what I know and have learned so far. Congratulations on the boat purchase!
     
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  3. Thatsbait

    Thatsbait Well-Known "Member"

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    Thatsbait
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    22' Defiance "Interdictor"
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    So about 35k for boat and the haul from the east coast. Seams like a great deal! Im quite jealous! I want to upgrade my Defiance to a Parker. Beautiful boat!
     
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  4. Unassailable

    Unassailable Professional Amateur

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    John B
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    Great score! Have fun customizing it.
     
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  5. longboard85

    longboard85 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    cody
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    Great looking boat Lou!!
     
  6. lougio

    lougio Capt Lou

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    La Mesa, CA
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    Lou
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    Thanks buddy, we'll have to do some off shore fishing together this season. Maybe get your Bro-in-Lo out with us.
     
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  7. slab tech 1

    slab tech 1 Works overrated- lets go fishing

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    Ferndale
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    Eric
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    Parker 2520 XL
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    Definitely install permatrims on. You won't regret it. I don't even use the trim tabs and boat gets up on plane really easy and fast and will stay on plane at slow speed. Definetely a must have for Parkers from what I have heard and mine had them on it when I bought it. I was going to take them off as I didn't know what they were for as I have twin 150's and glad I left them on after talking to other parker owners.
     
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  8. eddiefishtaco

    eddiefishtaco Well-Known "Member"

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    EDDIE
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    Nice boat congratulations
     
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  9. RideMX4life21

    RideMX4life21 Slay'n Tail

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    Dustin
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    Great buy, nice boat...congratulations! Spill some blood on that deck this year :beerbang:
     
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  10. soul troller

    soul troller HMFIC

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    Lou
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    Congrats on a nice score . Enjoy the upgrade . See you out there
     
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  11. Long Beach Bob

    Long Beach Bob Member

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    Bob Ballew
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    2520 Parker with twin 200 Yamahas
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    The horns will go out from corrosion unless you put a tilt block behind them or move them to the center to cut down on saltspray....door handles get salt build up inside...disassemble, scrape and greasing usually solves the problem...2003 225 h.p. Yamaha engines had some corrosion issues in the exhaust tube below head...shine a flashlight up tubes when disassembled for impeller replacement...if hole develops, saltwater will get into head and ruin it...200's didn't seem to have that issue...good boat except for some spine pounding in swells over 4'....
    ...When I stored my boat in Sunset Marina a few years ago, there were 2 Parkers there...now, I count 10!.....
     
  12. lougio

    lougio Capt Lou

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    Lou
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    Hey Guys, just picked this 65gal tank up from Randy and gonna have it installed this week. In another week we'll get to work on the tower. Thanks for all the tips and ideas. Tight lines!

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  13. lougio

    lougio Capt Lou

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    Lou
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    Finally got the bait tank installed last Friday. Started the whole process back around the third week in May. Randy at Blue Water recommended a local guy here in San Diego. Jesus Orozco did a real nice job and was very reasonable. Used it offshore and the beat up full scoop had to be chased around the tank they were so lively. Can't wait to put more in there.

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  14. longboard85

    longboard85 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Great looking tank Lou!
     
  15. hardrider5

    hardrider5 Master

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    Mike
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    We have the same size tank and usually carry two large scoops with little die off anytime. My crew knows when we load bait there are tons of scales and piss floating. They pull the large level tube and drain off about 1/4 of the tank. Then reinsert the tube letting it fill again and then do it one more time. Im convinced this is why we have very little die off.
     
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  16. lougio

    lougio Capt Lou

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    Lou
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    Tower is being built by Dan Morgan. Stainless steel with backrest and seat. Just gotta decide how many rod holders. Bringing the boat down to his shop in National City tomorrow for a fitting.
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  17. cammackattack

    cammackattack Member

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    cory cammack
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    If you don’t mind me asking what is tower running you
     
  18. lougio

    lougio Capt Lou

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    Sent PM
     
  19. lougio

    lougio Capt Lou

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    Lou
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    Tower is just about ready for the install. We took it over to Danfab for a final mockup before adding the seat and measurements for the rod holders. IMG_20180825_125814457.jpg IMG_20180825_131110290_HDR.jpg
     
  20. lougio

    lougio Capt Lou

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    Lou
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    The tower has been installed. Dan Morgan at Danfab in National City did real nice job on the stainless steel tower and installation. Now we just need to get the seat and backrest done. Any recommendations here in the San Diego area?
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