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Old 03-21-2017, 05:25 PM   #1
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Can you Believe I Finally Bought a Boat?

I still can't either

1987 Bayliner 3870 With Hino 175's. In fact, this is the same boat I went to survey on back in May 2016 then walked because of some damage. Owner repaired it, accepted the same offer as back then, went to survey and. . .it was really hard to talk myself out of buying the boat so I did

Surveyor came back to me and said she was a solid old boat, in good condition for 30 years old. She's no spring chicken, but everything works and lots of newer bits! Engines are showing some age, but start and run up to speed without overheating. For living aboard and lower Chesapeake Bay cruising and fishing, it was hard to say no

It's interesting (and a little scary) to read back over some of my older, maybe lunacy tinged, posts and see what I ended up buying vs. all the boats I thought would end my search and the different chains of thought I ventured down. . .a mad mans inner thoughts, exposed for the world to experience!

Or not. . .here's some pics!
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Old 03-21-2017, 05:36 PM   #2
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Old 03-21-2017, 05:38 PM   #3
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Congratulations. Ideas refine over time, every boat you see adds some knowledge, the more you learn the more your ideas can develop.
How come you returned to that boat? A broker doing his job?
Is the name "Second Chance" yours, or was it already called that? Very appropriate, either way.
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Congratulations. Always a good day when a person buys a boat...
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It's a process and you went through it all. The only other option is not to go through the process and that often leads to mistakes.
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I've always liked the Bayliner xx88 and xx70 series boats. Well built and a helluva lot of boat for what you pay for them. I chartered a 4588 for 10 days in the San Juans and loved the boat. Have fun with her.
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:03 PM   #9
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Congratulations on the new boat! Time to change the avatar pic. Was beginning to think you were a blow boater.

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Nice boat and that marque has been a tempting choice for me, too. Your path to purchase makes Second Chance aptly named! Congrats!
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Congratulations. Nice boat with a great layout .
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Old 03-21-2017, 09:09 PM   #14
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Congratulations. Ideas refine over time, every boat you see adds some knowledge, the more you learn the more your ideas can develop.
How come you returned to that boat? A broker doing his job?
Is the name "Second Chance" yours, or was it already called that? Very appropriate, either way.
Thanks for the congrats all! I plan to make the slow delivery run back home April 1st. Got quite a few people volunteering to be human fenders for the trip. Looking to be about a 10 hour trip @ 8 knots down the James river

No broker involved, this was a craigslist boat. It was the only boat I felt would be worth buying the first time around. After I backed out, I drifted down the road of looking at abandoned boats and dug a few leads up out of the local marinas. That was distressing! Back to the drawing board, and a long period of nothing online I happened upon his ad again. I contacted him on a whim, he took me for a ride, and now repaired it was even better than before!

The name Second Chance is an appropriate name, but I will be rechristening her as "Cool Beans" which is more appropriate for me Because, well. . .it's cool beans!
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Congratulations on your new Bayliner!

The 38' Bayliner and the Hino engine have a strong following for good reason! Great combination!

Id you have not already done so, you might want to consider also joing the Bayliner Owners Club. The BOC is a great resource for Bayliner specific information, not easy to find elsewhere. There are several of us that frequent both sites.
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I still can't either

1987 Bayliner 3870 With Hino 175's. In fact, this is the same boat I went to survey on back in May 2016 then walked because of some damage. Owner repaired it, accepted the same offer as back then, went to survey and. . .it was really hard to talk myself out of buying the boat so I did

Surveyor came back to me and said she was a solid old boat, in good condition for 30 years old. She's no spring chicken, but everything works and lots of newer bits! Engines are showing some age, but start and run up to speed without overheating. For living aboard and lower Chesapeake Bay cruising and fishing, it was hard to say no

About time!



Looks like a nice boat. Looks/sounds like it should suit you, from what I remember of your earlier threads.

What was the damage that the owner repaired?

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Congratulation for your new boat! Look nice and clean!
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Congratulations on the new boat. As Kevin said the BOC is a wealth of knowledge on Hino and Bayliner specific info.

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Great news. Dont change the name , its perfect!
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