Huntsville Marine Used Product Warranties



Huntsville Marine and Recreation is proud to offer our clients purchasing reconditioned boat and motors designated as Certified, our exclusive mechanical protection program for 60 continuous days.  Boats and outboard motors with the Certified Warranty Tag have received a detailed inspection by our shop personnel and all lights, pumps, radios and engine components are in good working order.  Certified Warranty Protection includes coverage for all mechanical engine components including the engine itself, outdrives and transom assemblies as well as shift control mechanisms.  Huntsville Marine will warrant the product to be free of mechanical defects for protected mechanical items for this extended period of time. This warranty is restricted to Mercury Outboards, Mercruiser Sterndrives and Volvo powered boats only.  Loose outboards may also be covered under this warranty program when noted as Certified.  Conditions for care, maintenance and repair apply. 

General Used Boats/Motors Warranty Conditions

All required and identified preventative maintenance work or as required Mercury, Mercruiser or Volvo must be completed as requested on the required scheduled basis by Huntsville Marine.  Impacts, storm damage, act of God, misuse, abuse, over reving, propellers, submerging or water ingression including water in fuel or poor or improper fuels are not covered under our warranties.  Normal wear and tear, rubber components, spark plugs, propellers are not covered under this program.  All work must be completed by Huntsville Marine and the owner is responsible for return of the product to the service facility on Highway 60 .  Priority status will be afforded to this product in terms of service scheduling.  Any remaining manufacturer's warranty supercedes this program offering.

All units must be properly cared for at all times including protection from rain, storm, waves and or all atmospheric conditions.  There is no coverage for upholstery or canvas parts, decals, paints or finishes or other cosmetic items.

Used Boats and Motors Older than 2000 Model Year 

Products are inspected by our service shop and are in running order.  Boats, outboards and trailers are not sold with any implied warranty and are sold on an "AS IS" basis only.  With exception a mechanical warranty may apply for a maximum of 30 days only when noted on the sales agreement and is limited to noted engine components covered.  Outboard motors or boats with motors older than 1995 or as noted are sold as is with no implied or granted warranty period. Please note that some insurance companies are requiring marine survey's be completed prior to granting insurance coverage for boats particularly cruisers older than 10 model years. The cost of such surveys which normally must be completed by recognized and approved boat surveyor which is an outside firm is not included.

All units must be properly cared for at all times including protection from rain, storm, waves and or all cosmetic conditions.  There is no coverage for upholstery or canvas parts, decals, paints or finishes or other cosmetic items.  

Consignment or Brokerage Sales

Huntsville Marine offers consignment and brokerage sales for used boats, motors and trailers. There is no warranty expressed or implied with these units as the comprehensive inspection process with these units is not carried out unless requested by the products owner.  An inspection by Huntsville Marine does not imply any warranty to the purchaser or any implied warranty.  Any items found by Huntsville Marine will be noted to aid in your decision process and as the inspection time maybe limited their is no implied coverage for items not found or any deficiency that may be not found or may exist.   There is no warranty expressed or implied by actual owner of the boat or item that is being sold under brokerage terms by Huntsville Marine or its agents.  All brokerage boats are sold "AS IS". 


A used boat, motor of trailer may be a good family investment depending on year, builder and power as well the number of use hours.  Boats tend to have a much longer life span when utilized continuously in fresh water than say the expected lifespan in years of an automobile.  A 20 year old boat or in many cases anything older than 2000 will have a significant amount of wood as part of its structure which will demonstrate some level of normal wear and tear in this structure.  On the engine side the power plant may be when at the same age bracket 3 generations or more back in terms of technology.  Many of these older units will not be fuel injected which may provide some challenges for those not familiar with prime and choke starting systems.  Older boats or those older than 2005 in most cases are not ethanol compliant which can provide fuel side issues.  The normal life span of a boat in fresh water with normal family use is 20 to 25 years.  All used boats will require mechanical repairs throughout their life as mechanical systems reach their lifespan.  A used boat should be considered a low maintenance purchase.  Boat canvas has a lifespan normally to 10 years and will over time loose the ability to repel water and will need to be replaced.  

We receive a high volume of calls each fall looking for used trailers.  People are request a trailer for short distance hauling and for storage during the winter months.  Please note than when used on any road the trailer must meet all safety standards regardless of the distance travelled and must be adequate to properly support the boat during the winter not undersize the trailer and roller trailers normally are not good investments for storage.

Older used boats will require constant care to reach their maximum lifespan.   The ability to find a good used boat less than 5 model years is limited as boaters tend to keep their boating investments for period frequently over 10 years.  18 to 20 foot bowriders can be very difficult to find particularly those of the higher quality lines powered by Mercruiser stern drives.

For those looking for absolute peace of mind and ease of care a new boat should be considered.  Boats that have been used in salt water should not be considered a wise investment due to corrosion concerns .

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