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Old 03-18-2012, 04:24 AM   #1
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It's a 1995 Cobalt 272 with a 385hp fuel injected 454. Needs a little work, but price was right so I went for it. Drove it home to Apollo Beach from Treasure Island and enjoyed the cruise. It was owned by an older guy who generally kept it well maintained, but it does need a few items. Mostly his mechanic was not great so things that got "fixed" need to be re-fixed I've made a big list that should keep me busy for a weekend or ten

Must-do soon
  • Bilge pump, OEM pump not connected, small pump located too far farward instead (works, just doesn't get as much water out as quickly as I'd like)
  • Engine performance issue: doesn’t go past 3,600 rpm.
  • Silent Choice Exhaust, not connected. When connected left side stays open, the right stays closed. Haven't figured out which switch is supposed to control it.
  • Trim tabs inoperative, driver side seems to go up and down regardless of which switch is pushed
  • Horn doesn’t work
  • Replace or re-fill fire extinguishers (both read low, no sign of a fire, must have leaked down over the years)
Should do soon
  • Outdrive trim gauge doesn’t work (don't know if its the sending unit, wiring or gauge itself)
  • Outdrive trim switch on control lever only works to put outdrive down, have to use trailer switch to go up
  • Fiberglas engine cover cracked at rear
  • Clean out head enclosure (mildew), figure out how water and waste systems work, fix if/as needed
  • Repair a few small dings in gellcoat

Fix eventually
  • Interior lighting, several bulbs burnt out
  • Oil pressure gauge backlighting inoperative
  • Stereo/sound system, can't get it to turn-on
  • Clean bilge area, slimy from not getting totally dry after a rain

Upgrades/to purchase
  • GPS System
  • Marine Radio system
  • New or repaired covers (current covers have shrunk just enough that I can't get all the snaps snapped)
  • Full-boat cover
  • More life-vests so friends don't have to bring their own
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:38 AM   #2
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Congrats. Will it be used for cruising, fishing or skiing?
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:41 AM   #3
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Cruising, skiing, tubing, that sort of thing. I'm not a fisherman.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:58 AM   #4
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Old 03-18-2012, 09:01 AM   #5
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Only boat owners hate money more than motorcycle owners.
You forgot owners of aircraft.
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Old 03-18-2012, 09:35 AM   #6
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:28 PM   #7
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:53 PM   #8
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:24 PM   #9
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You forgot owners of aircraft.
Only because I don't know any. I circulate in low budget circles.
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:51 PM   #10
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Wow, that's a heck of a list of things to do on a recently purchased boat! I hope you got a heck of a deal on it as a few of those items are going to get pricy.

engine rpm issue is most likely the boat is propped wrong. What pitch prop is on it currently?

Since you are going to keep it out on a lift like that, in your should do soon list should be a full cover for it.

I'm pretty certain that vintage mercruiser would not have a closed cooling system, and even if it did, you would still want to run some fresh water through it at the end of each outing. Looks tough to get to the back of the boat to put muffs on it, I'd look at adding a fresh water flush out fitting accessible from the swim platform area as well.

Looks like you you'll be having fun on the bay this year. I may be sending you a pm in the future regarding your move and what you think of it. I'm contemplating the same area some day, possibly sooner rather than later.
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:22 PM   #11
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:02 PM   #12
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Thanks guys

IP, the prop occurred to me too so I checked, it has a 21P Mirage prop--should be correct for the boat (or slightly under-propped) according to the manual. I'm pretty positive its not making full power. Had a quick look today and I noted that the distributor twists easily if I grab the distributor cap and twist. Maybe the timing is just way-retarded

It already has a freshwater flush port fitted, definitely needed with my setup, flushed for about 15min today after taking it out :) Boats tend to get used a lot down here and most everything I looked at needed that much work or (a lot) more and most of what I looked at was 2-3x the price. I looked at a couple boats with really low hours and they had all sorts of issues from sitting, there's no winning Price on this one was fantastic and its a bigger, fancier boat than I was looking for so I'm totally thrilled

I'll move the full cover to the soon list, any recommendation for a supplier? I'd love one with a drawstring rather than straps that go under
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:15 PM   #13
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After I posted, I reread your list. All the issues with trim tabs/trim switches/indicators, are you able to trim it properly right now? That would also greatly affect your ability to get the rpms where they should be. 21p prop sounds about right. I certainly wouldn't be messing around with other props till you are positive there are no engine issues, and all the trim stuff works correctly, but only pulling 3600 rpm is a problem.
As for a cover, you can go the cheaper cover that wears out more often route, or have a good one custom made once. If you think you're going to own it 5+ years, it's probably worth it to have a good one made exactly how you want. If not, a cheapo that just keeps the sun off it and needs to be replaced every three years will be more cost effective. If going the cheap route, watch ebay for closeouts. They don't even have to be a perfect fit, just go a little bigger and customize it as needed.
Oh yeah, if the silent choice is closed, I'd move it to the don't bother to ever get around to fixing it list. When I bought my last cuddy, that was on my must have list. I passed up at least a half dozen boats only because it didn't have it. A month after I got the boat, I don't think I ever turned it on again.
Likewise the onboard water and head compartment. It was used the first couple trips out on the boat, then we decided it was more of a pain in the ass to maintain than a convenience to have. I winterized it the first year and never put it back in service after that. By the time I bought my second boat, I specifically shopped and had to special order mine to delete any on board water system.
GPS is a must, a cheap handheld would be fine. A VHF radio is also a must. Where you are, I would go with a fixed one and as big of an antennae as you are willing to stick on it over a handheld.
And don't forget a boat u.s. membership for towing.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:29 PM   #14
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Cobalt's are very well built boats and they are pretty as well. It seems like you looked over the boat thoroughly and your list does not sound very long to me. But then I've owned boats of various types for over thirty years and have come to the conclusion that if something is working on a boat, it should be considered a temporary condition. Nothing to worry about and usually easy to fix. Most of the items on your list appear minor with the possible exception of the 3600 rpm limit. Most of these boats will top out at 4000 to 4500 rpm depending on how they are propped. 3600 rpm seems a little on the low side for it to be a prop issue. Worth researching.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:05 PM   #15
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What's the price of fuel down there, and what's that thing's burn rate?






















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