Originally Posted by Gelfling
I like this idea!
I would also have *required
fields. So many listings appear to trying to 'hide' basics like engine
HP and hours...... so frustrating!
I would have the absolute minimum of required
fields - albeit certainly require folks to at least skip / tab through them.
The alternative is that folks will simply guess or make things up, as happens already - even on things like LOA
, let alone things like rig size and engine
hours. On that latter one, does it really matter if engine has done 500 or 1500 hours?, odds are that engine is as old as the boat and an owner can fook one up within 10 hours let alone being given a few years to do so, whether that be the current
Vendor or PO's. The odds are high that the Vendor simply has no idea of own hourly use let alone for a PO(s) - engine hour meters more unreliable than the clock on a car
To my mind having a listing with SFA of useful details is a good way of Vendor / Broker publically saying that either he is an idiot (and therefore likely to be a PITA to deal with) or that boat has issues (and Vendor does not want to publically commit to much detail). or both
. Of course a lot of laziness and pig ignorance (about the boat) will also come into it - but those fall under the heading of PITA to deal with.
For me, all that is a very
useful heads up to either give the boat a miss or only a looksee if in immediate locale.....if nothing better to do. .....I doubt if any Vendors would fill out the fields marked "I am a PITA to deal with" and "Boat is crap - am looking for a numpty to buy" - well, not honestly
But what the site could do, is for listings with only partly completed details (say under 80%?) to be automatically flagged up that it is a partial listing, and that a buyer is advised to obtain further details from the Broker / Vendor - with a button to click listing every question that was never answered (and e-mail link to Vendor / Broker
).....plus a load more questions!, as part of a Guide to buying
a boat. Could even include a caution or 2 about a boat listed with partial information is often trying to hide something.....carrot and stick approach.....listing gets filled out fully from day 1, then won't have buyers requiring same questions to be answered again and again and again.
For the more common models could have the basic boat model info (Length / Draft
etc - with the common variations) as a skeleton to be fleshed out by the Vendor / broker - these skeletons built up as time progresses from boats actually listed.
IMO it's a trade
off between coaxing the Vendor to do a good listing from day 1 whilst not making him lose the will to live - as often happens with a technology driven approach.....and accepting that will never keep everyone happy.
Anyway, ideas are cheap