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Old 12-30-2018, 01:37 PM
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First and foremost Merry Christmas! I have been using this forum anytime I had issues with any of my things since the mid 2000’s and it is awesome! I currently have a bunch of T-Maxxes and a few pro boats and one that I have always wanted I could either never afford or find and thats the Shockwave 55 ss. I finally found one (the only one since ive been looking for years all over america) and he wants $600 for it. Lightly used he claims and looks pretty clean. Id like you guys’ thoughts on price and everything else that has to do with the boat. Also, if one of you have one for sale ready to go I just might be interested. Thanks!
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Welcome to the forum (and happy new year).

I have seen them around from time to time though sorry to say have not given a whole lot attention to condition and pricing. The market for them has dried up some recently. Most these days are modified, repainted etc. I am sorry to not have any experience to share on the boat directly. That said - $600 is a reasonable price to pay for any gas RC boat in good running condition. Bargains can be had for a little less or a little more depending on the boat and condition etc. If possible I would strongly recommend seeing the boat in person and dont take running condition for granted. Have the seller start it and show functions are working (or a video clip if it is a distance). I have purchased a few "surprises" over the years - where the boat looks like it was only used once - but the seller had gotten water in it before storing and things inside were never going to turn.
Feel free to ask questions (of us and of the seller) - it is a lot of money to spend and if you have been hunting this long you want to get the right boat!!
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Old 02-02-2019, 11:41 PM
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Welcome to the forum (and happy new year).

I have seen them around from time to time though sorry to say have not given a whole lot attention to condition and pricing. The market for them has dried up some recently. Most these days are modified, repainted etc. I am sorry to not have any experience to share on the boat directly. That said - $600 is a reasonable price to pay for any gas RC boat in good running condition. Bargains can be had for a little less or a little more depending on the boat and condition etc. If possible I would strongly recommend seeing the boat in person and dont take running condition for granted. Have the seller start it and show functions are working (or a video clip if it is a distance). I have purchased a few "surprises" over the years - where the boat looks like it was only used once - but the seller had gotten water in it before storing and things inside were never going to turn.
Feel free to ask questions (of us and of the seller) - it is a lot of money to spend and if you have been hunting this long you want to get the right boat!!
For someone who's never run nitro or gas before, would you recommend buying new or used? Money isn't an option but everything I own is 3s/6s brushless and I don't know anything about gas.
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a good question

Buying used is always a gamble - no matter how much experience you have. There is only so much information you can get on a purchase and ultimately you are relying on the integrity of the seller - and these days integrity has less value than it once did sadly. That said - many are switching to electrics and there are certainly decent deals to be had on forums, ebay, craigslist and FB Marketplace. I have purchased used boats from Germany, The Netherlands, and Australia. Interestingly the deals with the most disappointments (or exaggerated condition) have tended to be those closer to home.

The preference is always toward buying something local - saves on shipping expense and risk (of damage and of fraud). Buying local affords you the opportunity to see the boat in person and preferably see it running. Plus you may even make a friend!

My advice usually is for a new boater to find local boaters or a local race club to gain some much needed experience on the hows and whys before committing to a purchase. The group of social boaters I run with often help new boaters with adjustments lake side and advice is plentiful. Plus its just not so much fun (or as safe) boating alone.

If an interest in racing is there then it would be good to know the classes run locally and perhaps who you may be competing with. Further to this - racers in particular are often upgrading boats each season or as a more desirable version comes out - so there are occasionally opportunities to make a purchase at the lake from a known boater. I have found 90% of racers to be very social and welcoming.

Buying new is typically the easiest way to get started in the hobby. There are a number of companies that make custom or semi custom boats for new boaters as well as a number of factory produced RTR options. My experience with factory RTRs is that there are often a weakness or compromise though a search online will typically let you know what you're in for. Price is higher but the chance of disappointment is usually reduced.
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