I am looking for some feedback about the following interaction with a broker. Was I wrong in the questions and how I approached this interaction???
First call to them was about a week ago and went like this- High my name is Bill and I am interested in the "brand x 34 you have for sale
." I will be in town in about a week and would like to see the boat. Could you tell me a little about the boat? The answer basically repeated the boat listing and added that the centerboard does not work.
When was the last time the bottom was painted or if it was ever barrier coated? I know he had it painted, but I don't know if they painted the inside of the trunk or the board, I will have to pull the file and call him.
Okay and do you know the age of the rigging
? I don't know I'll have to call the owner.
We spoke amiably and left it with I would be in touch when I knew when I would be in town.
I called today to setup a viewing of the boat later this week and stated I was considering placing an offer. When I asked about the centerboard
, I was told the board does not work and he has no idea if when the bottom was hauled if anything was done to the centerboard. When I asked about the age of the rigging
, he had no idea- but that is what an inspection is for.
Am I wrong to be leary? Did I ask/say something wrong and breach etiquette? Without knowing the conditions of major systems like a centerboard or the rigging, isn't one forced to assume they are in need of major work?
The intention is not to start a debate, but to solicit feedback.