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    What should i Do ? with a 2005 sportster

    I have a 2005 Sportster with trailer. The boat has been sitting for 3 Years after a storm drowned it . It dint sink but it did take on water and sat there. The boat has a perfect body with a few dings nothing major. it shows some sun fading but I have been able to bring the shine back with polishing, the seats need to be recovered and a few small thing like the cup holders need replacing. Other than That the body is in excellent shape. Now the engine is another story, the previous owner had some work done but it never got fixed. He let it sit in the driveway for 3 years uncovered .
    What would you do? How much would you spend, and is it worth to keep after the fix , will it be a reliable boat even after I put new engine and all that comes with that ?
    I have $300 bucks in it with clear title. I would hate to see this boat sit there and decay and not be used. I Dont mind spending some $$ on it because it might be fun to own or sell , I just dont want to be a money pit either. It has the 4-tec 215 hp engine that i hear is not too reliable.
    what should I do?

    (1) Sell it and the Trailer.
    (2) Fix it, max budget 3-4 k
    (3) Part it, sell trailer separately

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    I would do some engine tests to see what it needs to run.

    Take a look at the oil an fuel. Good chance they need replaced.

    Compression test for sure. Probably cost you a battery as well as they don't like to be jumped or use chargers/booster due to sensitive electronics.

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    Sell it.
    With it sitting so much 3-4k isn't going to fix it 100%
    It's going to be a money pit..
    If your wanting to a boat then sell it and start fresh with something that's in running condition.
    3-4k isn't going to get your boat into reliable running condition.

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    Thanks for your vote

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    book value is close to 7k..fix it!

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    FIX IT!

    love those little speedsters and sportsters

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    I would stay away. I got burned before on a similar situation. You think its only this and that and it just keeps coming. In the end you get it where you want to be only to realize that you ve spent as much as buying a good used one.
    But I know the feeling so if you go for it just know when to stop throwing money at it.

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    he's got at least 6k to invest before going stink eye on it and he could still use it for a season and walk away with a grand or more, if the hull is as clean as all that.

    do you know if this motor will even spin over?..was it submerged in water over the top of the engine or what.

    pics please.

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    It's been sitting for a total of 6 yrs.
    It's going to be a money pit..

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