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Owning a Boat?

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For all you boat owners out there, I need your help/brains :)

I am very interested in buying a boat (nothing huge, just a 5 seater speed boat). Anyways, I'm a complete noobie when it comes to owning a boat. I've been out on the water many times with friends and family but have never owned or operated one myself.

Can you fill me on how what all is involved? Is there more to it than I think?

I've heard someone say "a boat is a hole in the water you pour money into" or that BOAT stands for Break Out Another Thousand.

Is it really that bad? Just curious as to what I'd be getting myself into.

All advice and input is appreciated!

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I also would be worried about owning a boat with a Force engine. I have had one before and they are nothing but headaches. Parts are usually quite hard to find and some mechanics don't even want to mess with it.

Do what nek121328 said, get is looked at by a marine mechanic.. also ask about availability of parts if something were to happen to the engine.
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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