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    Newbie needs help buying 98 Speedster - what to look for, what to pay

    I'm going to look at a 98 Speedster this Saturday. It will be my 1st boat, so I need some advice:

    1) what to look for in terms of assessing it's condition. What to look/listen/feel for if I go for a demo ride?
    2) These are the "known" defects:
    a) one tachometer doesn't work
    b) Fuel Guage doesn't work
    c) reverse cable is snapped. He has new cable but not yet installed.
    What would be the worst-case costs to repair these items?
    3) what is it worth? Seller is planning on fixing A/B/C above, or should I ask for a discount of $??? instead and fix myself?


    Thanks for helpin' a newbie out!


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    Make sure you look at the head pipe. And make sure the plugs on the pipe are not rotted away. Inspect the whole exhuast system for rot

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheels View Post
    I'm going to look at a 98 Speedster this Saturday. It will be my 1st boat, so I need some advice:

    1) what to look for in terms of assessing it's condition. What to look/listen/feel for if I go for a demo ride? - Look in the ski locker with a FLASHLIGHT. Look for any cracks in the glass.
    2) These are the "known" defects: -- Known defects are all 98's had defective stringer delamination, Seadoo replaced anyone who "discovered this" under there 5 year haul warrenty. If this was done ,its a great boat.
    a) one tachometer doesn't work
    b) Fuel Guage doesn't work
    c) reverse cable is snapped. He has new cable but not yet installed.
    What would be the worst-case costs to repair these items?
    3) what is it worth? Seller is planning on fixing A/B/C above, or should I ask for a discount of $??? instead and fix myself? - Make him fix it all and TEST RIDE. The $1500 Brain box was and issue as well.


    Thanks for helpin' a newbie out!
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