"a broker-owned boat "
They are professional sellers, you are an amatuer buyer. Guess who has the upper hand in all sales negotiations?
So aside from the fact that you can be sure the other party has advantages over you, in terms of knowing which buttons to press and how to press them, I wouldn't care if the boat was owned by the UN, the King of Spain
, or British Petroleum. Doesn't matter who owns it, the boat is worth what it is worth. Well, unless it really was owned by the King of Spain
, in which case it might have solid gold faucets in the head
. And some celebrity value if you can establish provenance. <VBG>
Since the seller is "in the business" you should take advantage of one bargaining tool. if the sea trial shows that the boat needs ANY work, odds are they can get the work done for less than it would cost you 'retail' for the labor. So if anything needs fixing, push on them to have it fixed, either before delivery
or with escrow held.