Buying used boat w/ hull patch below waterline

Discussion in 'Ask the Broker' started by sw1515, Jul 25, 2020.

  1. sw1515

    sw1515 New Member

    Jul 25, 2020
    270 SLX
    8.2 Merc

    I'm in the process of buying a used 270SLX. The selling broker never disclosed there was any hull damage/patch and all of the pictures they sent looked fine. So I made an offer without physically seeing the boat which was accepted contingent marine survey & mechanical survey.

    Yesterday I drove 12+ hrs to go see the boat for the 1st time and as I inspected the hull, I saw a patch (see attached pic) on the hull below the waterline. My questions are:
    1. Does this patch look to you as it's been professionally repaired? To me it doesn't look like it but I'm not an expert. Seller only owned this boat for 2 months and is already selling the boat it to get a cruiser instead of the bowrider.
    2. When a patch is below the waterline, how does that affect the gel coat, boat value, etc?
    3. What's your recommendation if you were buying this boat? Continue w/ surveys or walk away?
    Thank you,


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  2. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    Can it be done "prettier"? Sure. Is it functionally solid? Unfortunately, there's no way to answer that question with just a picture. There are too many variables. That would be a good question for the selling broker - feel him out on that. He may not know anything about it if the current owner doesn't know anything about it, though. If you're comfortable proceeding, a good surveyor should be able to give you an answer.
  3. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine gs165 w Quantum HD Radar
    Achilles 350 Dink
    Nick Jackson Davit
    Cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    If the boat is otherwise what you are looking for and the deal seems right I would not let a small patch kill the deal. Make the deal contingent on a fiberglass repair professional either assess the repair or redo it so that it is structurally sound as well as cosmetically correct as well. It does look like a minor repair in terms of size anyway.
    I hope you enjoy the new boat!
    Carpe Diem
  4. scoflaw

    scoflaw Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    cape cod mass, cape coral fl
    1999 Powerquest legend 260 sx
    502 mpi Bravo 1
    I'd want to see that area from the inside.
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  5. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    A professional patch you should not see based on the three I have had done. All patched were done by reutable repair facility and look great. Two were significant I had my insurance agent look at them before during and after. All acceptable and no problem with insurance. You may find the insurer will refuse coverage on a bad patch.
  6. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    That looks like a simple gel coat repair. See if you can see the inside to confirm no fiberglass damage. If just gel coat I wouldn’t worry about it.
  7. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    FullSizeRender.jpg Had a friend move his 55' Sea Ray overland and the shipper loaded it improperly. A trailer pad wore a hole in the bottom. SR would not warranty the hull unless it was returned to the factory for repair. Patches can be tricky even if they look good. Hard to tell from your pic.
  8. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    Ask the seller if they have a picture of the damaged area before repair.
  9. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    Fiberglass/gelcoat repairs are too easy to do right. That looks a lot like a factory repair done with putty instead of blended gelcoat or one where the gelcoat was sprayed too thin and the previous owner polished or buffed thru the gelcoat.

    This doesn't appear to be a structural repair or one that affects the seaworthiness of the boat, but if it were me, it would bother me until I spent the $250 to have it repaired properly.....but that is just my nature. It isn't much money but I would threaten to kill the deal until the broker/seller agreed to fix it, I would complain all the way to the closing table but I wouldn't let it stand in the way of buying a nice boat that otherwise checked all the boxes.

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