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Old 08-20-2018, 01:21 PM   #1
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Hello. I just joined. Am looking at a boat, would be a second boat to move easily between lakes for occasional use. Is less than 100 miles from me in WI.

1982, 18 foot, not open bow, with Mercruiser IO. Merc 470 engine (170 HP), Mercruiser 485 outdrive. Is on a single axle trailer.

Owner wants $3,000. Just had the starter and alternator rebuilt. Has been used this year lightly.

I only looked at it a few minutes so far.

We talked about the engine, drive, wood, seats. I looked in it as he was changing the coolant. I have not stepped into it yet. I wrapped on the stern. Is missing both side windows.

Says is a Diplomat.

Any comments on price?

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I just sold my 1982 Diplomat for $4,400. It also had the 470 in it. Very good engine if the upgrades have been done (alternator, 4" heat exchanger and the speedisleeve cam fix) and it hasn't been overheated. Do some searches on Mercruiser 470 and you will find a ton of info.

Mine had a new interior in it plus I rebuilt the engine a few years back.
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Thanks. Does not have a new interior. Current owner took it in a trade for a truck, he is more of a gearhead and wants to play more with trucks from what I gathered. I am not sure he will know about a cam versus the prior owner.

Good comparison information though on value. Thanks.

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Here is a link discussing the Speedisleeve repair.
https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engi...-for-cam-shaft


I was originally asking $4,750 for my Diplomat and the buyer offered me $4,500. I knocked that down to $4,400 because I damaged my good prop when installing it. I dropped it like a fool and put a small crack in it.


You should be able to search some of my posts and see some photos for comparisons or just private message me and I can send you over some.
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OK, good, thanks.

I told him I wanted to look at it in more detail in a week when I am nearby to him again.

For this age of boat/motor the spread in value is narrow for this small boat.

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