Bought a boat today.
Took the Four Winns out for a test ride, did the full testing suggested -- all electronics worked, the speeds and the RPMs were spot on with the P.I.G., oil pressure was fine, temperature was correct. Engine started right up, ran smoothly and quietly, easily hit 53 mph on a nice smooth day, but made a point to cross my own wake to see how it handled some self-made chop.
Bought it from the local marina just a few miles up the road, which has been there about 15 years, and in chatting with the owner found out he knew my bonus-grandmother who started bringing me up here in the late 70s -- his father sold two boats to her! Didn't know his last name, so didn't make the connection with his father's old shop. Got a very good feel from him as an upfront no-BS guy who takes good care of good customers. Knocked $1,500 off the price without me even asking. It also has a swing hitch, which means it might just barely fit into the old garage we have here for winter storage.
So here it is: a 2006 Four Winns Horizon 200 with the Volvo Penta 5.0GXi (250 hours).
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Other candidates had been a 2010 Regal 1900 ES with similar hours and a 5.0 Volvo Penta that looked very nice but didn't have the swing hitch on the trailer, and an absolutely flawless 2006 Sea Ray 20 Sport, but it had the 4.3 Mercruiser with 200 more hours, for $2k more.
I think we're going to like this....
Thanks for everyone's help!