I have an opportunity to buy a pre-owned Souris River 18.5 (3-seater), model year 2015, from a respectable livery, at roughly 2/3 the MSRP. She’s in very fine shape EXCEPT for the high number of scratches on the hull. I wouldn’t expect anything else of a livery boat, but now that I’m on the verge of plunking down no small part of my income for this boat, I’m wondering if I should be concerned about all of those scratches. The conventional wisdom, as far as I know, is that these battle-scars have no real effect on performance or structural integrity. I want this baby to go fast on flat water loaded with two adults, two children, a dog, and a couple night’s worth of gear. My 1997 MR Independence has more scratches than a redwood has tree rings, but she’s mainly a river boat, so I think about it differently. Any thoughts?
I’ve been away from this forum for a few years (child-raising, need I say more?) but it’s good to be back.