Old Cheap i/o boat for fishing SoCal

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I’m in the Ventura area, 17, and on a very tight budget but hoping to do some inshore and islands fishing this summer. Obviously a boat like this: Wellcraft boat isn’t set up for fishing like a center console and is on the smaller side, but is there a reason that I couldn’t use it to do islands trips given that it runs well? With a towboat membership of course and on nice days.
I was even thinking about tearing out the center area and making it into a center console layout.
Anyone have experience with these types of boats?
Thanks
 
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Ratshirt

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Run, do not walk. get as far away from that disaster as you can and find something else. One picture shows a spot on the hull you can see through and the damage elsewhere matches. Even the cushions have rotted away and you can tell it wasn't covered when stored.
 
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Feb 25, 2021
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Dominic
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kayak, 19' skiff hopefully soon
Run, do not walk. get as far away from that disaster as you can and find something else. One picture shows a spot on the hull you can see through and the damage elsewhere matches. Even the cushions have rotted away and you can tell it wasn't covered when stored.
Obviously if I went to look at a boat and there was rot etc I would leave. My question was more if that style of boat is ok if it’s in decent condition.
 
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Feb 25, 2021
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kayak, 19' skiff hopefully soon
Put that money towards a smaller aluminum boat, 14-16ft with a reliable 4 stroke motor and pick your days.. that boat above will be a never ending pit of money
Do you use airbags in aluminum boats for in case of swamping so you don’t sink? Or some similar concept? I used to sail optis and the airbags saved the boat multiple times.
 
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Hismosa

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  • Oct 15, 2016
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    Do you use airbags in aluminum boats for in case of swamping so you don’t sink? Or some similar concept? I used to sail optis and the airbags saved the boat multiple times.
    They usually have foam. But if you're taking on that much water you didn't pick the right day to be on the water and you shouldn't have went past the breakwall.
     
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    Tail Chaser

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    Positive flotation make sure it wont sink. Get top notch communication and safety gear and a great trailer. Look at those things cost too plus tow service and insurance. A good running engine with parts available localy.
     
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    Ratshirt

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    Obviously if I went to look at a boat and there was rot etc I would leave. My question was more if that style of boat is ok if it’s in decent condition.
    Style yes, size maybe not so much. I'm used to conditions changing fast enough that more freeboard is a plus . Keep looking. I've seen listings for OC that may be worth all the hassle of fixing stuff in the $5000 range.
     
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    OnoEric

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  • Dec 13, 2003
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    Grady White 208
    We used to kill it offshore in a 19 foot Sea Ray with OMC outdrive. This was 30 years ago, though. 😂
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    It’s a total crap shoot buying a 40 year old boat. The thought of buying a turn-key boat capable of island duty for $5000 without needing to put blood, sweat, tears, and more money into it is high risk. But it can be done, especially if you’re mechanically inclined and like wrenching on boats.
     
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    Feb 25, 2021
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    kayak, 19' skiff hopefully soon
    We used to kill it offshore in a 19 foot Sea Ray with OMC outdrive. This was 30 years ago, though. 😂 View attachment 1281246
    It’s a total crap shoot buying a 40 year old boat. The thought of buying a turn-key boat capable of island duty for $5000 without needing to put blood, sweat, tears, and more money into it is high risk. But it can be done, especially if you’re mechanically inclined and like wrenching on boats.
    That looks awesome!
    I am definitely mechanically inclined-I don't claim to know anything but I think I'll learn quick-and my dad's an engineer so that should be a help. Sure it would be a bit of a project but I don't really mind that as long as it's more labor than money.
    Why do OMCs have a bad reputation?
     
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    OnoEric

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  • Dec 13, 2003
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    Why do OMCs have a bad reputation?
    That particular OMC on that boat was discontinued in 1986. So the newest ones are 35 years old, and parts will be scarce. Even when new, they were finicky. The seals always leaked and would suck water into the lower unit oil, especially the upper housing which would get hot since it was out of the water while up on plane and then instantly cool off when you came off plane and it went back into the water. We were constantly changing the lower unit oil in that thing. In 11 years of owning an OMC outdrive, it had to be rebuilt once when the drive shaft spline spun out. That was really the only major mechanical issue we had with it. It was mostly just a PITA to maintain because no matter what you did, it was impossible to keep water out of the oil.
     
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    jigstrike

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    Even in this market there are older boats for free. I would find an older glasspar that is outboard powered and thennspend the money Inhave on a new outboard.
    But thats just part of safe boating. Trailer neess to work well, radio, life jacketa, bilge pumps, bailing bucket, etc.
     
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    zing1402

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    How much room do you have for a boat? If you like a project, I got a deal you might like.

    PS, it’s a 24’ fly bridge. Mercruiser outdrive.
    You’re still trying to get rid of that thing? I should have bought it but probably would have never finished it
     
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    I have three that need to get gone. Two 24’s and a 14’ and another I’ll probably end up selling, but I don’t want to. LOL
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    Mr Lingcod

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    Put that money towards a smaller aluminum boat, 14-16ft with a reliable 4 stroke motor and pick your days.. that boat above will be a never ending pit of money
    I agree. Nice 4-stroke and an aluminum 16ft would be great. Get a huge bilge pump too. You'll hit your low entry price point but also really minimize the never-ending money pit of boats.
     
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