Like the title says, I've been thinking about getting a small boat mainly to fish the sound for salmon and SRC but also maybe some lake duty. I really don't know alot about boats but from the research I've done I've kind of narrowed it down to a small Boston Whaler type boat or an alumium boat in the 13-16' range. I'm wanting to stay around $5000. So, I found a Boston Whaler copy for sale. It's a 14' with center consol (walk around). It has a galvanized trailer, 40hp Yamaha, electric trolling motor, depthfinder, downrigger, etc. The guy is asking $4700 and says it's been well maintained and runs perfect. I haven't called him yet to ask more questions, but that's kind of what I'm looking for here. First, does this seem like a good price? it seems reasonablt to me. there are lots of mid 70s to 80s 13' Whalers with older motors in this same price range. What should I be looking for and are there any specific things I should ask about? If he starts up the motor and runs it would that be sufficient or should it really get shecked out by a mechanic? I'm very mechanically inclined and know alot about cars and what to look for, but not boats. From my experience with cars, you cna usually tell if one has been well cared for and maintained. generally, if they maintain one part of the car and it's in good shape (exterior, interior, etc) they've done the same with mechanical systems. Is this generally true with boats too? Would this be a good boat for my needs? Thanks for the help!