First off, used boats are sold - "AS IS, WHERE IS" with no warranty or guarantees. Very much like used cars in the bargain lots. It is highly unlikely that you will be voluntarily told if the boat was wrecked or damaged unless such damage is still visually evident. It is up to you and your surveyor
to search for signs of repairs
due to hull damage or other problems.
- - Usually a blunt straight question to the seller about whether this boat has ever been wrecked/damaged or has incurred major repairs
will get an honest but reluctant answer. Or the seller may claim ignorance of what has happened to the boat before they got it and remind you it is being sold "as is, where is."
- - Used boats sold in or from the Caribbean
are particularly prone to have had hurricane
or other damage and should be minutely inspected. If anything is found then where the boat was repaired becomes important - sort of. Most seriously damaged boats are repaired by unskilled workers under minimal supervision who have no knowledge of stress dynamics or FRG layups for stress points. The just slap on layers of cloth and resin and sand, paint
and polish the result so that any damage is hard to visually see.
- - Which is why interior inspection
of the hull and bulkheads - behind the furniture/fittings is so important. Ripping out the interior
of the boat to reattach bulkheads and stringers, etc. is not cost effective so is rarely ever done.
- - Boats from more northern homes are less likely to have hurricane
damage but might have had flooding, fire or sinking damage. Again inspecting behind things is crucial to sniff out prior damaged boats.
- - "Proper" repairs for major damage can be done but if you pay a competent, experienced craftsman to do the job, most likely it will be cheaper to just buy a new boat.
- - For minor damage, where the repair occurred and who did it is important to know so you can check them out. For cosmetic damage the problem of competent repair is not an issue. Correct color and faring is what is important.
- - Bottom line, it is totally up to you to search out and discover the faults/damage/etc. when you are bidding on a used boat
. Don't expect anybody on the seller side to volunteer anything.