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2000 21' MA w/ 225 ox66, opinions?!

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Hey guys, 

Long time lurker, new time member! 
Ive clicked on pretty much every possible link pertaining to a 21' to get as best of an idea as I can about future ownership.

Ive recently come across a nice looking 2000 21' MA, with what looks to be a nice condition Yammi 225 ox66. Cant pull data from the engine due to its age, but current owner has no complaints (that hes told me about :P). Ill have a mechanic give it a good once over before sealing the deal too. The boat comes with a new aluminum double axle Rocket trailer, been wet just a handful of times. The hull has new gelcoat, looks to be in great shape too. Unfortunately has bottom paint on it though... Ipilot, Garmin, JP, pretty basic otherwise (which is fine by me). Batteries are 4-5 years old, so ill plan on replacing those sooner than later.

 

My question for you guys is - what should I look for...

Already planning on the following - 

Wet test, WOT overheating issues, hard starting.

Stringer issues found by bilge inspection, spider cracks on bottom of hull or transom

Electronics work, GPS, nav lights, trolling motor

Soft spots in deck/hull

Fuel quality seen by crap in filters

 

What else am I missing??

 

This would be my first $$ boat purchase, currently own a Gheenoe Classic, but that doesnt count ;)

Been around boats my whole life, went to college for it too, just want to make sure im not completely blowing past something! 

Thanks guys.

 

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You have listed all good things to look at.

21s are cool for sure, just check the areas that you mentioned.

Spend some time on the sea trial. Cruise around, idle around, livewell running, check the bilge, try the tabs, smell for gas...

checking for excess water in the bilge (pump kicking on when getting on plane? Could be the live well overflowing or a simple plumbing leak or ...)

Check the sea chest area (next to the starboard trim tab)

Check the gear oil after the sea trial

That's a great motor for the 21.

 

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10 minutes ago, captpn said:

You have listed all good things to look at.

21s are cool for sure, just check the areas that you mentioned.

Spend some time on the sea trial. Cruise around, idle around, livewell running, check the bilge, try the tabs, smell for gas...

checking for excess water in the bilge (pump kicking on when getting on plane? Could be the live well overflowing or a simple plumbing leak or ...)

Check the sea chest area (next to the starboard trim tab)

Check the gear oil after the sea trial

That's a great motor for the 21.

 

All good advise here.  The 21's especially older ones have issues with the 5lb putty falling apart between the floor supports and the floor.  The signs are stress cracks or slight raised area on the cockpit floor (in front and behind the console).  Also check the knees that connect stringers to the transom.  Check all around the transom for cracking or signs of separation / delamination.  There is a lot of plumbing that goes into these boats with three livewells.  Turn everything on and stick your head in the bilge with a flashlight and look around.  I'd also take a look at all the 19 year old wiring.  Try every switch and use the ones that don't work as negotiation tool.  Hard to inspect a bottom with bottom paint but I would still crawl under it and look for any signs of damage, hard hits to trailer or dock, hard beaches etc.  Look for cracking around the chines and running pad. 

 

OX66 is a great combo for that rig.  Spark, compression, fuel and make sure gear case spins with no noise and no wobble in the prop shaft.  If there is no bearing noise when rotated by hand and it shifts in and out smoothly, there really isn't a need to check his gearlube (IMO), just change it along with all seals after you buy it. 

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Awesome, glad to hear I was pretty much on the same page.
Didnt think about livewells, will definitely check for leaks. Will I be able to get a pretty good view of stingers/transom and knees through the bilge access? 

Im really hoping not to smell fuel, but whats the ballpark life expectancy on the tank? 
 

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Been trying to do some estimates as to cost of fixing broken things... who has done a re-wire of a MA? If you don’t mind me asking, what was the cost? Id be more than happy to take the time and do it myself to save labor costs. 

Just materials 

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On 10/1/2018 at 4:05 PM, SWFL21 said:

Awesome, glad to hear I was pretty much on the same page.
Didnt think about livewells, will definitely check for leaks. Will I be able to get a pretty good view of stingers/transom and knees through the bilge access? 

Im really hoping not to smell fuel, but whats the ballpark life expectancy on the tank? 
 

There’s a hatch that accesses the fuel sending unit in the seat compartment, from there you can see the tank and the stringers pretty well-ish

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