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Old 08-14-2019, 05:55 PM   #1
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My father died in 1998. We still have his 1978 14 ft. Mirrocraft Deepfisherman boat, galvanized EZ Load trailer and 1988 15 hp. Mercury. It hasn't been used since he died. It has always been stored in a garage or under a roof with the wheels off the ground so it's well preserved.



The boat's original paint wasn't very durable so he repainted it with Imron polyurethane paint because he liked to keep things nice. It has a 63" beam and 30" bow depth. The Deepfisherman was their largest 14 footer at the time. It has new tags. (I photoshopped the license number out of the photos.)



The trailer has roller assemblies in the back and skid bunks towards the front. The boat rolls off the trailer without having to bury the axle hubs.


The motor is a short shaft 2-stroke with only about 25 hours on it. It has been stored in the house since new. Because it hadn't run in over 20 years I replaced the impellor and cleaned/rebuilt the carburetor. It started on the second pull and ran fine. I ran it for about an hour and a half in a barrel over the course of a few days.



We've decided to sell it and need to figure out what it's worth. Thank you.

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Old 08-14-2019, 06:23 PM   #2
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$1,400 +
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:51 PM   #3
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I'd start at $2500 and be prepared to negotiate down.
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:37 PM   #4
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Looks to be in excellent shape for the age. And set up real nice.
Have no idea of value. But don't give it away.
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Old 08-15-2019, 04:16 AM   #5
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I just sold my 1988 valco with a similar backstory but it showed far more use and love (it had been welded and had a small leak). It came with two downriggers and I got $1500.

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Old 08-15-2019, 08:14 AM   #6
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Old 08-15-2019, 01:00 PM   #7
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That Merc is worth at least 1k...probably more to the right person. Not sure on the hull.
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Old 08-15-2019, 06:05 PM   #8
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The motor is worth at least a thousand plus probably $800 for the boat. Hard to tell what the trailer is worth but is looks to be in good shape. I'd have a hard time selling that for less than $2,000. I spent a lot of my youth at the tiller of a Mirrocraft similar to your dad's boat going places it should never have gone and catching a lot of fish in those simpler times.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:04 PM   #9
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Check the CL for comparisons. Here are two that I have noticed in my area...


https://bend.craigslist.org/boa/d/be...956962684.html
https://bend.craigslist.org/boa/d/be...942634408.html


Has it ever been in the salt?
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Old 08-16-2019, 03:36 PM   #10
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If that old two stroke Merc hasn't been fired in over 20 years it may take a little effort to get it running. Especially if the buyer plans on running pump gas in it.
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Old 08-16-2019, 06:39 PM   #11
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Check the CL for comparisons. Here are two that I have noticed in my area...


https://bend.craigslist.org/boa/d/be...956962684.html
https://bend.craigslist.org/boa/d/be...942634408.html


Has it ever been in the salt?

Yes, it has been in the salt a few times but it always got dunked in a nearby lake and the motor flushed before the trip home. Thanks for your input. I've been leaning toward 2K for it based on what I've seen out there but wanted some one else's opinion. You all have been great. Thanks.
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Old 08-19-2019, 05:54 AM   #12
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With all due respect, taking good care of something is a good thing and you usually get more money out of it, however, thats only half the story. In this case when a engine sits a long time, gaskets can dry up and crack, rubber parts crack etc. I would be extremely cautious in this case of the head gasket drying out. I went thru this 3 decades ago. Bought a package similar to this, motor ran fine in the driveway, went down to fish the Siuslaw, made a couple of half mile runs and CA-BOOM, blown head gasket. Had to throw out the anchor and ask other boats passing by that were fishing for a tow to shore. 8-10 boats said, the bite is on, sorry, so I called a friend that was on the river fishing and they came and towed us to shore. Lucked out there. Also, there are a ton of boats like this for sale all year long. Good Luck.

Call Mike at SportCraft Marina, he will give you a price.
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Old 08-21-2019, 10:53 AM   #13
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Depends on how long you want to screw around with it . Only one in ten CL contacts show up "maybe". $1,500 or best offer .
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Old 08-21-2019, 01:24 PM   #14
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I had the same boat but with the 18hp version of that merc. Sold it in SE Alaska for $3500 easily. Cost me $900 to ship it up.


Those trailers are ~1300 new but with torsion axles.
That boat is deeper, wider and carries its beam much further forward, taller transom, deeper V, and thicker aluminum, than any of the newer 14 foot offerings.
You'd need the right person to recognize and appreciate that though.


I wouldn't sell for less than $2K and I'd start at $2500 asking.
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Old 08-22-2019, 01:41 PM   #15
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Sell to Chesapeake for $1800 and give him a profit on the resale.
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Old 08-22-2019, 03:10 PM   #16
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If I was in the market I'd take that deal. As it stands I have a 14' Gregor on a galvanized trailer I bought new with a 25hp Johnson on it.


Look on Craigslist. Any 12 or 14' skiff you see for less than $2k will no doubt be on some 1970's cobbled together painted steel trailer that you'd struggle to get a title and registration for in a state that requires it. And it will have a 1980's or older 9 or 10 horse or no motor at all.
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