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One thing you need to be aware of is that an I/O has a lousy HP to weight ratio compared to an outboard. But a ways back the I/Os were more fuel efficient than a outboard.

You will give up some interior room to the motor, it is inside the boat. But it will more than likely be quieter than an older outboard and probably as efficient on gas. It will probably be a little slow out of the hole compared to an outboard but on the top end it should be fast enough.

NADA is saying it should top out at $5000 for a boat that age and style, so I think $6500 is a bit high,

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I am looking for some advice about purchasing my first boat. It would probably be another year or two before I could afford new, so I am looking at used.

Anyhow, I have a chance to purchase a 1989 Crestliner 1850 (I believe it would be considered a Sportfish) with the specs listed below. I have yet to see the boat, but I thought I would ask everyone about your thoughts on I/O motors, and what this vessel might be worth. I believe the asking price is $6500...

What are the pos and negs of I/O's, are I/O's decent fishing boats, and is this worth the asking price, in your opinion?

1989 Crestliner 1850
Inboard V6
Custom travel cover
Shorelander roller trailer
Minkota autopilot front troller
4 pedestal seats
2 flip-down seats in back
Full windshield
2 Lowrance Depthfinder (one is x91 and other is original with graph and lowrance in one)

Thanks in advance for any info you have...


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