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Good Morning Guys,

I have been talking to the seller of the 13ft (Microplus???) as previously discussed in the above posts on this thread, and he has come up with something which looks more suitable for my needs (???)

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Ormalite-idea...0098618411QQcategoryZ1296QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Have a look and tell me your thoughts and comments, but please bare in mind what I will be using it for (You can see what I want it for in my previous posts on this thread)

The dimensions are as follows:

18ft Length
6.1/2ft Beam
2ft Draught

Rated to 25hp MAX!

What engine size do you think would be suitable?

Who is the manufacturer of such a boat?

Thanks in advance
 

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Good Morning Guys,

I have been talking to the seller of the 13ft (Microplus???) as previously discussed in the above posts on this thread, and he has come up with something which looks more suitable for my needs (???)

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Ormalite-idea...0098618411QQcategoryZ1296QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Have a look and tell me your thoughts and comments, but please bare in mind what I will be using it for (You can see what I want it for in my previous posts on this thread)

The dimensions are as follows:

18ft Length
6.1/2ft Beam


2ft Draught

Rated to 25hp MAX!

What engine size do you think would be suitable?

Who is the manufacturer of such a boat?

Thanks in advance


It's a Microplus Explorer. Could be anything form 1970's to 1990's but from the look of her I would guess she is about 30 years old (not that that is a problem) As for the squeeze three aboard !!! An easy three and a possible four on a fine day.
They have a high freeboard and a shallow V hull certainly not a cathederal. Reasonable in their day as a harbour and coastal fishing/family boat but outclassed by the modern stuff.

This boat in particular needs a lot of cosmetic work at the very least, but having said that if it were cheap enough I would buy her in a heart beat as some hard work and paint would triple here value. Take the "all the wires and steering cables are in good conditions" with a pinch of salt, and if they are that's a bonus. However they are not too expensive to replace.

Engine needs to be a MINIMUM of 25hp and it will be great with a 40/50hp.

Good luck

Afishionado
 

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Afishionado,

Thankyou so much for your help. Decision now made and this boat I will try and get!!!

Would it be possible for you to talk over the phone s you seem so knowledgable and helpful and could be just the man I need to help me on this boat and any queries that I may have?

I would be eternally grateful if that would be possible.

Thankyou so much.
 

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Afishionado,

Thankyou so much for your help. Decision now made and this boat I will try and get!!!

Would it be possible for you to talk over the phone s you seem so knowledgable and helpful and could be just the man I need to help me on this boat and any queries that I may have?

I would be eternally grateful if that would be possible.

Thankyou so much.

Would it be possible for you to talk over the phone s you seem so knowledgable and helpful and could be just the man I need to help me on this boat and any queries that I may have?

I would be eternally grateful if that would be possible.


No pressure then!!!:)

I'll PM you

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Bear in mind that boat will need a short shaft engine. Make sure you can get one of the right size before you buy.
Anything over 40hp in a short shaft isn't easy to find-been there done that with a Microplus.
Specifically with them go over the cockpit floor fireglass with your fist and thump it-any soft spots then run-they are a wood/fibreglass sandwich and if it's soft it's going to be a lot of work.
 

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On Ebay....Item 250101838183
Good first boat, bloody good engine buy it if you can afford it.

Afishionado
indeedy, I've got an oyster 16, the one with the cuddy etc and its built like a battleship and stable as anything, I'd guess that one will make 12 to 1500 quid or more

my first boat was a dejon 14, had great fun in it, 3 up can get a bit crowded, but there's quite a few around on ebay at the mo (do a search for dejon), some just boat and trailer, one went for just 200 quid last week. we took ours all over the west coast of scotland, often 4 or 5 miles out an was always reliable. it had a johnson 40 on the back so was quite brisk(!) if you opened it up, far too big an engine for the boat really, but it came with it and was fun

the oyster is a big heavy boat though, and not the best thing if you're gonna trailer it around regularly, ours sits in the marina now, and we bought a sehog for adventures 'away'
 
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