I am a newby.. 43 and have never had a boat.. I have been on this forum reading for about 3 weeks.. (it took me about 24 hours to read the Oops thread about boat extension) (congrats Oops.)
This summer my wife and I rented a boat on vacation.. and tooled around the lake. i had a great time and have been jonesing for a boat... much to her chargrin (sp)....
I have found one I am interested in.. its a 1957 magnolia runabout, its got a trailer but no engine. the guy wants $200.. is that a good deal? I spoke with him he said that these boats dont have wood stringers and its all fiberglass with fiberglass seat forms molded in. I havent seen this boat.. and nobody knows the last time it was in the water
He also has a 1968 hydro swift with an engine and trailer for $250.. it needs a floor and seats.. etc...
I am giving serious thought to the 1957, because if it doesnt need floor work etc.. I can just clean it up.. find a OB motor for it..... and away I go..
but heres the rub.. I am an extreem gear head.. I was reading the thread on the grady white about an I/B... I thought.. hey there ya go.. I have built cars and MC's before so I thought what about a MC engine with a shaft drive and using that as an I/B motor..
any or all information from the very experienced hands would be helpful