I would second the statement about being physically present (or at least inspecting before paying). I just bought a boat from a guy who was having it re-fitted remotely by a very reputable boatyard in NC, but he only visited the boat three times in two years (while meanwhile paying all the invoices the boatyard sent him). When I was considering buying
the boat, I was given a list of work done and equipment
added, and in fairness to the boatyard all the equipment was there, BUT a fair amount was not installed, even though PO had paid for the installation
. Also, he was told he needed a new head
on the boat, when all he needed was a replacement part for the existing one, and the head
they sold him was an older model Lavac
, not the current
model. And the new VHF antenna
that was installed did not actually work on all channels (not sure how you even do that). When the PO showed up and started looking at what work had actually been done he was not happy.
So if you can find someone you really trust to be sort of a general contractor, remote refit
might work, but I would recommend frequent visits.