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Old 06-30-2011   #1
Missoula, Montana
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Buying a dented boat

I found a LL Biscuit 65 for sale for $300, which seemed cheap for the boat that I am interested in. It turns out there is a good size dent in the bottom, however, the owner says that is the only issue. How could the dent affect performance? And is the boat below worth 300 in your opinion. Thanks for any input.
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Old 06-30-2011   #2
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It could be a weak spot as it appears the plastic has been stretched. If there is any 'white' crease marks that's generally not good. As for performance it will indeed be compromised but you may not even notice it. Generally folks that are throwing higher end moves and tricks on waves will notice a speed/release difference but others may not. My advice is to paddle it if they will let you and see if it 'feels' off. As for the price that's probably about right as a used boat in good shape usually runs around $600 - $800 around here (Ottawa River).

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Old 06-30-2011   #3
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Is it a 'dent' or just oil canning? Oil canning is fairly normal and wouldn't impact the boat's life span or performance to a noticeable degree.
If it's dent caused by an impact, the plastic could be compromised and you'd have to descide if it would cause a problem down the road.

Looking at the hi-res picture it looks to me like oil canning. Like Dan said, take it for a ride; if you like great, go for it. Sounds like a good price to me.
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Thumbs down. You can do better for the $300 range.
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