Well the broker just told me that they have an offer on the boat, so I'm guessing that answering my questions was more work than dealing with the in-person shopper.
Ironically, had he answered my questions when I asked them, I almost certainly would have tendered an offer ahead of the other guy. His explanation was that he was busy and that the owner was busy too.
I suppose each time I do this I'll get better at it.
I did have a surveyor
lined up. I was just reluctant to spring the 1200 for plane tickets w/o some confidence the deal would succeed.
Lots of helpful folks on this site. Maybe there is a market for folks who are willing to look at local boats for members in exchange for a small fee. I know I'd have been happy to pay someone to look at the boat, take some photos, and talk about what they were seeing on the phone
. Never occurred to me to ask here.
Maybe we need a 'boat viewer' forum in the commerce section...
I could have addressed the blister question and one or two others as contingencies in the offer as cheechako suggested. I'll remember that.