Thanks guys for your amazing forum, have spent lot of time here lately, my first post, here goes:
Bought a 1987 capri cuddy 19', with a 125 force, 5000$ here in canada (2 min to boat launch in upper niagara river), known the 2nd owner for 11 years years he's had it for 10, always stored inside , never used the tops (towing and camper both in great shape), he used it 4 ,5 times a summer, read all the bayliner posts AND the force posts, boat is in great shape for the year, but its still 20 years old. I get 34 mph with the skiing prop (25 mph is fast enought for me), havent tried the other , he called it the cruising one.(dont know the pitch of them yet.)
As a new boat owner I wanted something cheap, to learn. Then upgrade in a few years, boat runs like a top, everything works great so far, not much out there for 5000$ around here in that shape.
-1987 capri's use these clips on the windsheild for the covers, dealer has replacement plastc cheap clips, but i have to install the snaps myself, i did , but looking for a better solution, drill and rivit them in the window frame?
-All of the flooring is very solid , i looked everywhere, But these crossbracing boards pictured here: http://www.shareaproject.com/pages/i...i,5123,00.html (from another boat) have some rot in them, its the only place on the boat everything else is very solid and dry (belive me i looked), what would be options?
-fuel gauge works but its not reliable below 1/2 tank i was told, and it isnt, jumps around, have a trusty stick with marks on them. Fuel sender i guess?
-bought a new battery, to install a 2 battery setup, looks pretty basic, the 2 battery switch is already installed, parrallel install with both positives to #1 and#2 terminals on the switch and both negatives to each other?
Thanks to all, even after reading all the posts (and some of them should have scared me running from a bayliner/ force combo, lol , but most of the negative posts about bayliners were heresay.) I still bought this boat based on value, I knew the previous owner, I want to make any mistakes on a cheap boat first lol, and looks like I will learn a lot fast.
Any info will be awsome!!!