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Biggest piece of advice: make sure the plug (very bottom of the back, under the motor) is in each and every time you launch
Good advice. If you don't heed this advice then you will find out if your bilge pump is worth a damm.
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Re: Owning a Boat?

Ok wow, so I'm learning a lot here. Remember I'm a noob here... so what is a force engine? How do I know what is what?

And the plug under the motor, what's that for?
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Re: Owning a Boat?

Force engine is the make of the engine shown in the photo. It was a company owned by Chrysler, and was a low cost alternative engine that was originally sold to bayliner in the 60's I believe. They have since gone out of business and parts are no longer being produced. Since going out of business they have a negative affiliation with most. Some will tell you however that if you can land the right one it will last forever. They are easy to work on compared to other manufactures, but the parts are a pain in the ass to find.


The plug that was referred to is to keep the water out of the boat, but a way to drain any water that got into the boat from a small leak, water spilt, or any water that makes its way into the vessel by waves or such. It is located in the middle of the transom at the bottom.
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Ahh got it, thank you very much for the insight!
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Re: Owning a Boat?

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Ok wow, so I'm learning a lot here. Remember I'm a noob here... so what is a force engine? How do I know what is what?

And the plug under the motor, what's that for?

Make sure you have a good bildge pump that is properly sized. A lot of people put a small pump on a small boat, which is wrong. A small boat fills faster than a large boat and should have at least 750 gpm for a boat the size you posted.
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My Malibu is a 23 ft Wakesetter and for the best wake we flood three tanks and the boat settles nicely into the water. And then hopefully the pumps can push the water back out. Always worked so far. ;-)
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Re: Owning a Boat?

Jeff: The plug can be removed when under way to suck out any water that accumulated during use. They key is to make sure you are moving forward at a high rate of speed. Most people also remove the plug after the boat is loaded on a trailer. The sure sign of a new boater is forgetting to reinstall the plug before launch!

Also as mentioned earlier, take a safe boating course. The US Power Squadron and Coast Guard Auxiliary run them around here in the winter. You can't imagine what you don't know.

And make sure you have the best swim ladder. The narrow rungs on some are a killer on feet.
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Who much do those Malibu's run for? They look pretty nice.
Depends on year and model obviously. Try craigslist. $16k to $30k for 1998 - 2005 years maybe. New 2012 or 2013 Malibu's cost $60k I've heard. The company is in Australia. These are tournament slalom ski and/or wakeboard boats.
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Re: Owning a Boat?

To the op, you are in fresh water I suspect, and the boat is kept dry - while the price of anything with the word marine in it, is about 2 to 3 times more than something for automotive use, that's about as bad as it gets for you.

To make you feel better about any money you need to throw at it, consider that the guy with the 30 footer at the marina in salt water is paying circa $15k a year to just keep it going......
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Re: Owning a Boat?

Definitely take a boating safety course and have an experienced boater teach you how to operate the boat, e.g., how to dock, close quarter maneuvering, ( docking is quite different than parking a car ), how to take the kids water skiing and tubing, launching boat, etc.
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Thanks Guys! All this info has been very helpful! Already learned a lot more than I knew before.
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Re: Owning a Boat?

If you really want to learn about boat ownership and a lot of what is involved...I would recommend visiting this site: thehulltruth.com. You can search by topic, brand, issue etc.
As far as a Bayliner with a Force outboard? Would not be on my recommeded list. The Force is an old 2-stroke with Rube Golberg electrics (electronics would assume too much here). There have been more than a few that have been unbolted and are making reasonable artificial reefs today...
One thing to keep in mind, regardless of the size, THEY ARE NOT TOYS! A safe boating course is a start. Once completed, it does not hurt (not even your pride) to get a lesson or two on proper operation. The last thing us power boaters need is another jamoke (or blow boat) getting in the way.
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