Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
YoDaddy

Possibly new to Me 89 Falcon

Recommended Posts

YoDaddy    0

Looking at an 89 Centurion Falcon closed bow 20' What are the common issues with these boats? have not had one but have owned boats for 30+ years. Thanks for any constructive input you may have.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Timr71    24

Well, I don't know when I became "that guy" but I'm going to give you "that guy" response. I'm active on a number of boat forums and there's always someone who points out these items.

First though, are you looking for a boat that is ready to go to the lake or looking for a project...or something in between?

Understand this: it's a 30 year old boat that you're looking at. I would think that you need to try to uncover as much as you can about the boat's history and it's care. Because of these two things: 1. The boats stringer structure and floor contains wood and 2. poorly maintained engine could be a bundle of issues.

Let's talk about that wood first. There's wood in the stringers, floor, and transom. All of it was encapsulated in fiberglass. And that fiberglass probably held water at bay for maybe up to 20 years. A lot if it depends on how the boat was cared for. If it has spent its entire time in someone's garage then it's possible that none of those areas contain rot. If it's been left outside, un-covered, it's likely that some if not all three of those areas are rotting. That would also mean that the boat contains wet flotation foam.

When you look at the boat, look for any sings of rot and water damage in the bilge and feel the floor for soft spots. Also put a wrench on the engine mount bolts, if they're tight, it's probable that there's dry wood in the stringers, if they spin with little to no resistance, they're probably rotten. Google: tournament ski boat stringer replacement and read some stringer threads over on correccraftfan.com.

Are you wanting to tackle a full stringer replacement restoration?  

The engine stuff is a bit easier. Just try to determine if it's been winterized properly. Look for signs that water was left in it during the winter and therefore things including the block could be cracked. 

Obviously, run the engine, drive the boat if you can. Wear items are less problematic. 

Good luck! Post pics. Do as much research as you can.

-Tim 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
YoDaddy    0

Following up....  So its not an 89, its an 88, see picture, Im told its a Hawke, 21' Needs a little interior work but the Hull is solid and the Outside is almost perfect. What is this Boat worth? I have the opportunity to pick it up for 7K

88 centurion1.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Timr71    24

7K sounds reasonable. If this is the boat that you want...get it as cheap as you can.  My cousin, Uncle and I did a full restoration on an 88 Falcon a couple of years ago.  It's a nice boat.  Good luck. 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

  • Recent Status Updates

    • volzalum

      Sad this forum is not as busy as it used to be since so many jumped to the Facebook groups .. the FB groups are not nearly as easy to search, and the threads do not get organized well ...
      · 2 replies
    • MajaKazazic

      Are you  engineering students and searching for homework help services?helpmeinhomework.com provide all types of engineering assignment homework help services.helpmeinhomework has a reputation of providing premium quality online engineering assignment help for over a decade. Students all over the world find our services effective and reliable.Our Engineering Topic computer science,help with electrical engineering ,mechanical engineering,civil engineering...etc

      · 0 replies
    • MatthewsDave

      Sometimes it is normal for students to have trouble completing their finance assignments on time, seeking help from the team of experts in finance assignments to complete the assigned work on time. With the effective guidance of finance homework, we also strive tirelessly to improve your grade.
      Expert teams are available at any time to assist you in all types of topics related to your finance assignment, allowing you to easily complete finance homework on time to get an A + grade. You can certainly gather a lot of important information under the guidance of our energetic Finance faculty.
       
       

      · 0 replies
    • harlobra

      Heading to Lake Ouachita Arkansas in the morning for a week of houseboating and surfing.
      · 0 replies
    • Nick213

      Ordered a  sewlong cover...... hope it's as good as everyone says since there almost double the cost of others.
      · 3 replies
    • luluzer

      Winterization tomorrow for this homie. Seemed like the season flew by - let's hope winter does the same. 
      · 0 replies
  • Topics

  • Popular Contributors

×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.