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Old 05-18-08, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default Need your opionions on a used boat first time buyer

This will be the first boat I buy and was looking for some input as to if this was a good deal or whether I needed to keep looking. The boat runs well and everything works, it looks like new but should since it is only 2 years old. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Manufacturer: Triton
Model: Vt-17
Year: 2006
Length: 17Ft
Materials of Construction: All Aluminum
HP rating: 75 hp 2 stroke
Manufacturer: Mercury
Model: Optimax
Year: 2006
Hrs of use: 20-30 hrs
Trolling Motor
Manufacturer: Motor Guide
Thrust: 46 lb
Voltage: 12 volts
Manufacturer: Lowrance
Model: M56
For: Motor
Time Left: 1 year
Materials: Galvanized
Spare tire: 1

Price: $11,500

If I left anything off please let me know and I will find it and put it up.
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Old 05-18-08, 07:38 PM   #2
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Sounds alright to me.. you like the boat? like the nearest triton and mercury dealer?
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Old 05-18-08, 08:35 PM   #3
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yes both are fine just wondering about the price?
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Old 05-19-08, 08:04 AM   #4
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upgrade the TM. Get at least a 70lb either MK or MG will do. This will be a 24 volt setup, you get a longer run time, and less power needed to fight the winds, but youllhave it when you need it.
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Old 05-19-08, 10:34 AM   #5
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I agree, everything on there looks good except the 12v TM. It might even be O.K. if it has 2 batteries wired in parallel and you don't get into the wind too much.
On second thought the price might be a little high though. Take a look at the 17 Explorer starting at $13,895 new or the 18 Explorer starting at $16,995 if you are looking at a Triton. Brand new the VT17 is $13,500, I would think that a boat would lose more than $2,000 in value after 2 years.
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Old 05-19-08, 12:27 PM   #6
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I just picked up a 17 Explorer w/a 90 merc. & it has the 12v TM. For me it works, but I may add another battery like Bender recommended.
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Old 05-19-08, 08:56 PM   #7
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i run a 12v 43 lb MG on a 18 ft alum. have the two batt setup and no probs.
BTW there is a 3rd batt for cranking just in case
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Old 05-20-08, 05:49 AM   #8
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Allright I just skimmed over the nada site on your boat and low value for the rig is actually very high. so with what you have posted other than the fact the troller just wouldnt cut it if it where mine BUY IT if ya like it. The price is well below what the bank values it or would loan on it. The triton aluminums actually impress me more than the glass rigs due.
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Old 05-24-08, 10:56 PM   #9
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thank you all for your help
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Old 05-27-08, 01:46 AM   #10
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If it was a glass boat I'd agree with the TM upgrade, but for an aluminum it should work fine. Looks like a good deal.
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