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  1. #1
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    Sep 2016
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    New and Looking at a 411

    Greetings Everyone,

    The wife and I will be traveling tomorrow to take a look at a 411 we have under contract. This particular boat ticked every box we had except one (I wanted a larger fridge) and looks to be in superb condition. I've talked to Capt. Kieth about helping us get her home in the Spring if all goes as planned. I suppose my only question would be are there any weak spots or trouble areas I should look for during my time on the boat? It's in heated storage, so I should be able to get a good look at the bottom.

    -SID


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  3. #2
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    Aug 2016
    Location
    Elliot Bay Marina, Seattle WA
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    Vessel Info
    2003 411 w/twin Cummins 370B
    Welcome! 411 is a great vessel and there have been several threads regarding the 411 and what some of us have experienced with them worthy of a quick search. Most recently these threads:

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    The high level summary of what most people encounter on the 411 are with the thrusters, some bulging on the fresh water tank if it's been filled too quickly in the past, and normal wear and tear on systems like the reverse cycle units. Some 411's around 06-07 had bad couplers between the engines and transmissions as well according to various sources. I had some leaks from the bridge down behind the TV cabinet as well but nothing big. Depending on the age you might want to inspect the condition of the shaft seals, bellows etc... the water pumps (all raw and fresh water systems in general), hoses/clamps etc.

    What year is it and what engines?


    Good luck!
    Conundrum

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
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    Thread Starter
    Thanks for the links.

    She's an 06 with 380 QSBs. I've read about the water tank issues here. I'd like to ditch that plastic tank at some point for a custom SS one. The particular 411 we're looking at has a water maker and we intend to spend a lot of time on the hook in the Caribbean.

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Gladwyne, PA
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    Vessel Info
    2004 Meridian 411 with twin Cummins 370
    Be sure to check for fiberglass blisters on the bottom of the hull. I I haven't had problems (knock on wood) but a friend with a 411 had to get his fiberglass redone. I haven't needed to do much major to my 04 411 but I did replace the drippless bearings. Enjoy and welcome the family (hopefully)!
    Jeff Payne

  6. #5
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    Sep 2016
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    Thread Starter
    The good thing is that she's on the hard in heated storage, so I should be able to go over the bottom really well. I was thinking of redoing the shaft seals before relaunching her in the Spring.

  7. #6
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    Thread Starter
    Got to look over the boat today and was quite pleased. Have a new question though. Is there a provision to start the engines from inside the engine room?

  8. #7
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    Jun 2008
    Location
    Mystic, CT
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    1,898
    Vessel Info
    05 Meridian 411 - Cummins 370s 08 Sailfish 2660 - twin 200hp Yamas 08 Boston Whaler 110 Sport 25hp
    Quote Originally Posted by SID297 [Only registered Members can see links, click here to register]
    Got to look over the boat today and was quite pleased. Have a new question though. Is there a provision to start the engines from inside the engine room?
    I cannot start the engines from the engine room, which would be quite helpful during winterization. I can start the generator from the engine room.
    Brian
    2005 Meridian 411 w Cummins 370Bs
    2008 Sailfish 2660 w twin 200 yamaha 4 stroke
    2008 Boston Whaler 110 Sport w Merc 25hp 4 stroke
    Solitude
    Mystic, CT

  9. #8
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    Sep 2016
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    Thread Starter
    Yeah, I didn't think I had overlooked that.

    Have any of you guys with 380 QSBs had to repitch your props when the boat starts gaining some weight?

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Soddy, TN
    Posts
    193
    Vessel Info
    Meridian 2006 411 Cummins QSB 380
    We have about 2000 hours on our 2006 411. Love the boat, no major problems, not even the tranny. I did replace the thruster controls with joy sticks to get rid of the troublesome "boat shaped switch", I did buy a raw water pump with a grease fitting from "tony" to eliminate the water drip on the engine motor mount, but most of my problems have been "self inflicted", i.e. hitting hard bottom with props, bending rudders, etc. These things do happen.

  11. #10
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    Thread Starter
    Tony's pumps are certainly on my to-do list. I really like that the QSBs moved the raw water pump drive out of the gear set and onto a belt. Eliminates a very costly potential failure mode.

  12. #11
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    Jan 2017
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    Sid do you know where the 12v ground buss is on you 411. Can't seam to locate it heh industry the pannel

  13. #12
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    Sep 2016
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    Nope, it's not quite my boat yet and I'm about a thousand miles away from it right now.

  14. #13
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    Jan 2017
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    Thanks I got mine about six months ago and loved it was adding satellite TV antenna and can't find the ground bus

  15. #14
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    Sep 2016
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    Thread Starter
    Try posting a thread in this forum:

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    I'm sure a 411 owner will come along and help out.

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