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Old 01-17-2018, 11:26 AM   #1
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48' Navigator - Thoughts / Pros / Cons

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I'm looking at a 2003 48' Navigator (On YW, in Severna Park, MD & brokered by Knot 10 if anyone is interested looking her up). She has older electronics, 1000 hours on her Volvos and seems to be 'normal' condition for her 2003 age. So - what are your thoughts on this boat? I've read a lot about the Navigator and like the boat - but I would like actual experiences and feedback. Appreciate your help and feedback.
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Old 01-17-2018, 12:02 PM   #2
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I am not sure why but I have never heard a quite running Navigator. Always very noisy when they come into a marina. Not sure what it's like under way.

Maybe the mufflers are to small ?
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Old 01-17-2018, 12:20 PM   #3
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Thanks! That is great feedback. I know the Volvos are known to have a loud turbo - but if she is still loud at idle, that would be discouraging.
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Good Day -
I'm looking at a 2003 48' Navigator (On YW, in Severna Park, MD & brokered by Knot 10 if anyone is interested looking her up). She has older electronics, 1000 hours on her Volvos and seems to be 'normal' condition for her 2003 age. So - what are your thoughts on this boat? I've read a lot about the Navigator and like the boat - but I would like actual experiences and feedback. Appreciate your help and feedback.
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I'm actually interested in some Navigators as well. I like that they are American made and they seem well build with nice carpentry work. I also like that they usually have 3 staterooms and sleep 6 easily. My only concern about them is the motors. My mechanic told me that volvo parts are through the roof. He told me major components are 4 to 5 times as much as Cummins parts. I don't know if its true or not, but he said an aftercooler for a navigator sized volvo is like 25 grand. His main point was to make sure I do a really good survey and sea trial before I purchased it and be hyper aware of any engine issues.

I'm sure someone here can chime in who is much more knowledgeable about he volvo engines than myself and give their opinion.
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Old 01-17-2018, 01:53 PM   #5
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I have sent the OP an extensive reply over PM. Volvo parts are expensive, yes, but the number your mechanic gave you is not correct. Not even close. Our full heat exchangers were about $5k each, so there is no way aftercoolers are $25k. That is him just trying to scare you.

Navigators are very good and solid boats. The interior is a little different on some models, but plays very well. Are the loud? Jeez... no louder than a big Sea Ray or a gas Carver. The exhaust to expelled above the waterline and out the side instead of under the swim platform, so maybe it is a little louder, but I have no basis for much of a comparison except the other boats in the marina. If it is, I like it. It sounds like a 1970 Cuda cranking up :-)

PM me and I can copy the same email I sent Tim. It is very very long. I would post it here, but it would probably get picked apart by the so-called experts and really donít want to have to defend everything that I like and donít like about them. Too many opinions are better in a good anchor thread ;-)
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Old 01-17-2018, 02:20 PM   #6
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Thanks again Tom!
How many hours on your engines? When did you replace the heat exchangers?
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1200 hours on them now and we spent this past summer doing the job, but the replacement was due to poor maintenance by the previous owner. We found zincs that had rarely been replaced and they swelled up, broke down, and were blocking the exchanger. In addition, it cause an unrepairable amount of corrosion on end caps of the exchanger chassis. We also found a good handful of impeller parts in one of the aftercoolers. All this cascaded into a very sooty exhaust which caused the aftercooler to be covered in black buildup.

The job, actually, wasnít that hard, but only being able to do it on weekends and the boat being 134 miles away, every setback or part need discovery cost us another whole week. So it took nearly all summer to finish. But it was fun and we learned a lot.
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