I've bought two boats, and both sellers had them listed with brokers. I had a good and fair experience with both sales. The listings said what was on the boat except for personal photographs came with the boat (and did). On the second boat purchased, I used a buyer's broker and the seller had his own. I had been "working" with this lady for several years. She was a broker on a line of boats at the Annapolis
show, and I told her I was looking for an x or y in a few years when I retired. We'd see each other annually at the show, and a year out, she started looking more closely. Narrowed it down to a couple that I drove to look at, and after much discussion, decided on which one to make an offer. It was a good distance away, and she took the train to meet me there during the survey
. She knew a lot about boats having sold that manufacturer when the boat was new. In fact, she had sold the same boat to the original owner 12 years before I bought it. The seller's broker was a little slow in responding to detailed questions about this and that from my broker (prompted by me--the usual questions in any sale), but otherwise he was fine. The boat had had lots of love so it was in great shape, so there was no hint of dishonesty.
She tried to assist with the loan and insurance
, but I had already found a great deal on a loan and just stayed with my current
insurer. I told her the details and she aid they were better than she could do.
Overall, the experience was good.