Originally Posted by terminalcitygrl
I've read and will probably use the following advice if I'm seriously interested in a boat at a distance:
1- hire a local surveyor to go and take a cursory look at the boat, take some photos, etc... and give you feedback.
2- make an offer based on surveyors prelim report & photos
3- negotiate as necessary to get a final price
subject to survey
4- fly in and attend comprehensive survey with your surveyor, including a test sail
5- if big issues come up, renegotiate or walk away and if not, close and arrange to get your new boat home.
I think this approach makes sense and is likely the most cost effective for a distance buyer. Just make sure the surveyor is a goodie and you are clear about what specifically you need to know about the boat before making the offer.
Since you say all the appropriate boats are hundreds of miles away, be sure you plan (and budget) for getting the boat home. You say you're new to boat buying
, but don't say how experienced a sailor you are or whether you're looking for a turnkey boat or one requiring work. If you find the boat you want in New England
, will you sail it home yourself? Get a skipper
to deliver? Truck? If the boat isn't ready for a voyage -- and most boats in the age range you're looking will need some work -- what is your plan? Get the work done at a local yard (which can be a bear to supervise), spend your weekends and vacations getting it ready to travel?
This is a long-winded way of asking if you're sure that you can't find what you want on the Chessie among all the thousands of boats there? The after sale
logistics would be much easier.