JOHN ADEY: If I owned a boatyard and
was doing the service, without question
I’d recommend replacement of 10-year-old
hose. ABYC Standards (H- 24 Gasoline Fuel
Systems) recommend an annual fuel-system
inspection, which I would perform. There’s
no magic destruct date on fuel hose. Remove
one, and swab the inside with a Q-Tip. If
black stuff comes off, the hose is deteriorating. Also check the outside for cracks or
stiffness, both signs of deterioration. If all
looks good, specifically around the hose barb
where the hose is flexed and clamped, then
you’re probably OK for another year until
your next inspection.
WHAT’S IT WORTH?
Is there a Kelly Blue Book or similar publication on boat prices like there is for cars?
Corpus Christi, TX
BETH LEONARD: There are several value
references published for used boats, but
it takes experience to know which, if any,
to use for which boat types, and how to
interpret the data. Such guides typically use
data at least 18 months old by the publication date to which they apply some sort of
algorithm, hoping to approximate current
market values. Some are more successful
One is completely free, www.nadaguides.
com. Another is available for limited use
free after registration, www.bucvalu.com. The
others require subscription or purchase – not
inexpensive, either way. BoatU.S. offers free,
used-boat Value Checks to members, based
primarily on the purchase histories of similar
vessels as recorded in our marine-insurance
department database, the detailed knowledge
of our Value Check professionals, and other
industry sources. Our estimates represent
typical values for that manufacturer, model,
and year, equipped to normal standards
for the intended use. They’re not vessel-specific appraisals, which can’t be done sight
unseen. But they’ll provide objective guidance as to what a boat of a specific model
and age is worth on the open market. Go to
your free estimate.
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