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Old 08-30-2016, 06:32 PM   #21
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Sometimes you can get to the tanks from the top thru a cutout in a cabinet floor or under an appliance. Look carefully at anything above it for screws/panels. X2 on the USB camera. The fuel lines have to exit somewhere and is there a level sightglass? Possible ways in with a cam. Does the engine room have a strong diesel fuel smell without an obvious leak?
As for the windlass and davits, check for separate fuses or circuit breakers, powered directly off the battery posts.
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Old 08-30-2016, 06:36 PM   #22
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I didn't know you could find a boat that the fuel tanks were not visible to some extent. Boat is an '86 so tanks may be OK, but I would want to see them anyway. If the windlass, not (windless), is clicking it may be just in need of battery juice. Try putting the battery switch in different positions like BOTH and see what happens. Boat probably needs new batts anyway, quite likely. You will find many things in need of repair or replacement along the way, like the heads, water pumps. Other systems like the furnace may need attention. Much depends on how long its been sitting around not being used. If you can get covered moorage for the boat, it will save you lots of grief while you do windows etc. Good luck.
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:02 PM   #23
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If you can't see the fuel tanks it's doubtful they have been replaced. Every MT 36 Sundeck I've seen has the original tanks buried behind acoustic tiles and plywood. The ones that I've seen have twin engines so the engine compartment was tight. You should have some room in there with a single engine.
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:16 PM   #24
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Tanks are almost guaranteed to be original. Has anyone ever seen a boat listing not push the tank replacement as a positive attribute/sales feature?

Cheap bore scopes are a boat buyers best friend IMO. Amazon is flush with them.
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:17 PM   #25
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We have a 34MT that's a 1992. Discovered a fuel tank leak last week. In the middle of replacing both tanks, your right with 10K. If yours is anything like ours the deck fills do not go directly into the tank, it has a 90degree bend so water that may find it's way in doesn't end up on the top of the tank. Of course this made it a nightmare getting the tanks pumped out. MT used mild steel for there tanks so be careful if there that old.
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:17 PM   #26
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Maybe some boaters at a nearby marina may know something about the boat's history. Especially owners of a similar model.
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Old 08-31-2016, 10:26 AM   #27
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Everyone is so helpful! Thank you! Going over to the boat this morning to gather info and meet with the broker. Will let you know makes of davit and windlass.
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Old 08-31-2016, 10:57 AM   #28
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clicking means the switch and wiring are connected the motor may be frozen so you need to try to turn it by hand. keep hands away from chains and cables while power is applied.

No clicking may mean bad switch or wiring or frozen relay. banging on motors and relays while someone hits the switch briefly sometimes loosens stuck stuff temporarily.
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Old 08-31-2016, 11:01 AM   #29
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Since you are buying consider that all this is a negotiation. In the best case the boat should be in working order with any repairs paid by the owner. If you accept defects just make sure you dont overpay.

Window leaks may not just be window leaks. consequential damage to interior is common.
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Old 08-31-2016, 11:03 AM   #30
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I have no Id ea what you are paying but there are some boats for sale that have been well maintained by meticulous owners but still sell at lower prices because the web drives all prices to the lowest point.
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I have no Idea what you are paying but there are some boats for sale that have been well maintained by meticulous owners but still sell at lower prices because the web drives all prices to the lowest point.
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Old 08-31-2016, 01:17 PM   #32
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I have no Idea what you are paying but there are some boats for sale that have been well maintained by meticulous owners but still sell at lower prices because the web drives all prices to the lowest point.

I would suggest that the web does not drive down prices. The market does that, the web simply aggregates the information.
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Old 08-31-2016, 01:31 PM   #33
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the web gives the prices of all boats to everyone and few people seem to be able to tell the difference between a well maintained boat and a POS

Power boat buyers today seem uninformed about everything except price.
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Old 08-31-2016, 01:33 PM   #34
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Need help understanding marine trader 36 sundeck

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1986...s#.V8cUXjT3anM


Is this the boat?
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Old 08-31-2016, 02:46 PM   #35
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Yes Jamup that is the boat. Thank you for the link. I am not allowed to post links yet.
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Old 08-31-2016, 03:06 PM   #36
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Have you thought of adding the refit cost to what your paying and find a boat that's turn key with few repairs. Looks like a lot of water damage by galley hatch.
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Yes Jamup that is the boat. Thank you for the link. I am not allowed to post links yet.
I think you are now. At 10 posts you become able. It is just to keep bots and spammers off of the site.

Welcome aboard and good luck with the new boat. I have always been a fan of the MT36 Sundeck. I came very close to buying one!!
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Old 08-31-2016, 03:09 PM   #38
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Look hard....if I recall correctly a few years back someone posted they bought a boat in an estate sale and found a decent sized wad of cash on board.

That helps with repairs even better than maintenance manuals sometimes...
That's not unheard of. A friend stashed $2,500 in cash for emergencies on his boat. After 16 years of no emergencies, he forgot where he hid it. When he sold the boat the surveyor found it and returned it to him. Now that's an honest surveyor!

I bought an office building and found a hidden fireplace behind a wall. Inside was a roll of nickles. That's a $2.00 discount on the purchase.
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Old 08-31-2016, 03:20 PM   #39
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Looks like a nice specimen from the pics. Needs some TLC but if it's as good as the pics show should be a decent buy.

I'm surprised at the low fresh water capacity of 89 gallons however.
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I'm surprised at the low fresh water capacity of 89 gallons however.
Don't be. Mine is only 70 gallons!!! I could really use that extra 19 gallons!!!!
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