Engine compartment filled with water: Looking to buy this jets
Hello All! My name is Bill
First post, and I have a question.
A neighbor has a wave runner 800 xl (not sure year) that has been sitting for about 4 years without use. They are moving and they do not want it. I said I would buy it or take it.
Here is the thing: Uncovered and supplement to weather for about 4 years. When I opened the engine compartment, the lower 1/4 to 1/3 of the engine was sitting in water. They never pulled the drain plug, so it filled with rain and snow.
SO I ask, potentially, what damage could be there? Is the engine basically shot or does it have a chance? Back compartment (where battery is) was also filled with a few inches of water.
Is it worth paying anything for it, or should I say it needs too much work and they should just give it to me? They said originally $500 tops, but looking at condition and lack of care/maintanance for 4 years (just sitting exposed) I am thinking the engine wil need work.
My background: avid boater, I have a sea ray sport 205 for 12 years so know mechanicals of boats (plus growing up on a lake) but I have never personally owned a jets. This looks like a good one overall, but the engine scares me. I dont have a local mechanic buddy to look it over. Just want a basic assessment on what I should do. Thanks!