I have just gone through this exercise in frustration, it can be an expensive part of buying
a boat imo. You can go through thousands of dollars having boats surveyed, mechanical checks plus the haul out fees
each time. So make sure that the boat you decide on is the one you want to pursue before getting all the checks done. You should be able to get a pretty good idea of what repair costs you will be up for by doing a personal inspection
, don't listen to the broker as he is trying to make a commision on selling the boat. He is definitely not on your side.
Check the boat for cleanliness, you would be surprised how many sellers have done absolutely nothing to clean up their boat to sell it. If the seller cannot be bothered with the boats presentation then you can bet that they have not done much in the way of maintenance
I checked out a boat the other week that sound fantastic and the photos looked really good, I went to look at it in person and boy what an absolute let down it was. The smell damn near bowled me over as I stepped through the hatch
to go below deck
. This was a luxury cruiser that had obviously not been cared for in quite a while, even had dead roaches laying on the head
. The mattress in the V berth was saturated where the hatch
above it had been left open to allow the rain to get in. I could not get out of that boat quick enough. YUCK!!
Just remember that you as the buyer are responsible for picking up the bill for the haul out
inspection unless you have negotiated otherwise with the broker.
Not sure on how the system works in the USA but here in Australia
you cannot do a sea trial of a boat unless you first put a deposit down on it and sign a contract
. The contract
is written such that it is dependant on a successful sea trial, survey and mechanical report. Should the boat not pass any of these then the buyer can walk away from the deal and get their deposit back immediately. However you are still out of pocket for the survey, mechanical inspection and the haul out fee.
So in essence, choose wisely, look with your head
and not your heart, there are thousands and thousands of boats on the market at any one time. It may be a great deal but experience has taught me that there will always be another great deal.