I am seeking discussion and advice as to how to play out the following real scenario. I have reduced this down to a summary as to not make this a dissertation.
I’ve been looking around for a while for a 40+ mono on the usual sites. I find a few (8) candidates in the USA that look promising at a single
large marina. A broker is contacted and the list (links) is supplied of boats that I am interested in looking at in a few weeks when I can come down. A few telephone conversations here and there about the list, but nothing major other that what my sailing intentions are in order to collect a couple other boats to look at on the upcoming trip.
Two weeks later head
to the marina for a couple days looking at the boats on the list (less 2 that sold), a few new ones, and 1 one whose contract
could fall thru.
Drink on it for a couple days with others who have interest and knowledge. I subsequently decide to make an offer on one, which is rejected without a counter offer.
No problem. Everything is contingent on a survey
and sea trail. I offer the original price
as listed on Yachtworld. ($140K if it matters)
Fast forward a couple weeks and I’m back with a surveyor……………
Everything is really good except the following:
1) 1. Some ancillary items from the listing are not present on the boat.
2) 2. USCG equipment
is out of date or non-functioning.
3) 3. All of the helm
instruments are broke. By broke I mean “do not function as originally intended”.
IE, panel you can’t see without cupping your hands over the display, radio
transmits but doesn’t receive, display that is obviously non-functioning due to water
works from pendant only, and other just non-functioning indicators.
Now the questions for discussion:
Am I wrong to assume that if it is listed (yachtworld) in the equipment
section and even has pictures that it should work? Shouldn’t the broker have at least made a cursory survey
prior to getting to this point? Or is it “Used Car/Boat salesmen, the only difference is 10x price”
Bottom line, boat is nice but needs electronics
(2002 vintage). I seek the path forward while I drink on it. I’ve got time on my side.