Don't believe Boat Angel really cares about getting the best price for the boats they list. They are just a clearing house operation and any money they get is probably pure profit. If you want a deal on a boat, would look seriously at Boat Angel listing.
Wouldn't worry about a survey, actually one would be a waste of time. Bid what the salvage
value of the boat is and either part it out if too bad a condition or enjoy your deal if it turns out good. The boat I bought was a Ron Holland
designed IOR 30' boat. Boat had been extensively raced and came with a host of sails
including a brand new genoa
that cost 4 times what I paid for the boat. Had 4 other headsails ranging from Junk to very good condition, most in the latter condition, two spinnakers and the spinnaker gear
. Atomic four was supposed to run according to the listing and did run fine after a tune up. Faults in the boat were trashed water
and fuel tank
and some sponginess in small areas in the deck
because of the PO's love of silllycon sealant
. Would have been able to 'fix' the decks with strategic infusions of thickened epoxy
. Had to put on a new sail cover
and replace the plexiglass in two ports
because of crazing. After all was said and done, had a couple boat units in the boat including slip fees
while I owned it. Put it on Craig's List on a weekend and had it sold by the following weekend for 2 grand.
The other boat that I should have bought through Boat Angel was a Tartan 27. Looked at the boat when a broker had it for $9,000. Boat had been someones live aboard for a number of years so interior
of some live aboard comforts like an old tube tv and small fridge. Boat had roller furling
with decent genoa
and main. Diesel engine
seemed to run fine. Boat was in Oceanside Marina in a live aboard slip and transfer of slip was part of the deal. Oceanside has a long waiting list for live aboard slips though a non live aboard wait for a slip in this size range wasn't too bad.
Boat was owned by an older gentleman who had gotten too infirm to sail the boat. He'd put it up for sale after backing into another boat causing minor scratches the last time he'd tried to go sailing and didn't trust himself to take the boat out any more. After a year or so listed with a broker, he finally decided to just dump the boat and get out from under the $350 slip fees
and gave it to Boat Angel. IIRC the winning bid was $3,000.