So I just had a really bad boat broker experience. It cost me 1138miles of driving about $1000 and 2 points of sanity. I will follow some forum advice and ask for some forum help.
You should not drive that far based on an ad and a broker - ever. Shopping
long distance is not cheap
sport. While it would be nice to have someone take a quick peek at the boat you are really looking for a a boat worth spending the money
. I wouldn't survey a boat I didn't look at myself and that means at least a few trips. One to see it, one to survey and one to close. That does not include the stuff you need to get done so you can leave. I don't think you can do it less trips than that. Having someone else look at a boat is not much better. You need to at least be able to pick candidates better than that.
Why not discuss what you are looking for and why a boat 100 miles away has got you all worked up. I can promise 100 people won't rush out to buy it before you can. It would help to better understand your situation and goals. Maybe that would help you most. You don't require all the boats for sale
you only require a really good one. It leaves a lot left for others to pick from.
Maybe the distance is too great. The perfect boat is perhaps a lot closer. How many times do you chase down the rat hole before you just give up. Spending money
wisely requires you to maximize the stuff closer to home. A few trips like that just costs you a brand new dodger
. Don't be in a hurry. It's just a bad way to sail and now would be a great time to start.
We can all talk about things for free. Thinking more and driving less just can't be a bad idea.