Originally Posted by Dbl07
. . . we came across many boats for sale
with a dismal lot of photos. Either there were 20 exterior photos snapped at 6 degrees further than the previous, from a dinghy
circling the boat and none of the inside at all, or internal photos of all the clutter which really puts people off- some even had stuff in the galley
sink from a meal!!
The other annoying thing for me is the date display on any and every photo
You've put your finger on a couple of the most annoying kinds of boat pics, 007. I could be wrong, but I've always thought that multiple pictures of the exterior and none of the interior
were a good indication that the inside was trash.
I've always assumed that cluttered interiors and/or sinks full of dishes (or beer
bottles, or cleaning
supplies, etc.) were more than likely taken by the listing broker. Or at least by someone who didn't want to touch anything on the boat without wearing gloves.
It's good info to have, though . . . it tells me that the seller is a pig, and if he can't clean his boat up a little to try to sell it, he's probably neglected a lot of other things besides that a picture just can't show. It screams, "I'm too damn lazy to lift
a finger to take care of my boat," and I quickly move on.
There's always another boat to look at.
As to the date stamps on photos - I prefer them. When pics show a much cleaner boat than a low price
might lead one to expect, I always suspect that the pictures are from way back when the current
seller bought the vessel and still felt pride of ownership
. They might even be from the PO, someone who had done a much better job of prepping the boat for sale
. Knowing the date the pics were taken is valuable info to me.
Also annoying is the "sistership" photo. Such a pic is of little value, IMO. Same goes for pics that are obviously from a brochure - the professional brochure pics just don't fit with the poorly lit and poorly composed shots of the actual boat being offered for sale