Any question you want answered is fair. However, the answers mean very little if you can't get them in writing. The contract
will read that "no representations other than those in this contract" matter in one way or another. It's within the walls of the contract
That doesn't mean you couldn't sue for fraud. However, proving it and winning just becomes exponentially more difficult. And it would have to be a fraud suit as it's not a contract case since it's not in the contract. Fraud cases are far more difficult to win than contract cases.
Easy enough to write something in on the contract that "seller represented the boat has never been involved in an accident" or whatever he has represented.
Ultimately, on a used boat
, use a surveyor
and then make the assumption that once you leave there with it, that's what you have. If you get something more from the dealer later, then great, but do not depend on that.