Realize this is an old post, but......
I am in the same camp as Capt Phil and Sailor Boy1. I am VERY close (as in hours or minutes) to pulling the trigger on buying a boat. A boat that is 1000 miles away. I HAVE NOT VIEWED THE BOAT. My process is: I make a legal
I have my surveyor
complete his survey and test trial. Meanwhile I am committed to the price
that the offer went in for. If I could have some document helping me negotiate the sales price BEFORE the offer, the $35 would be worth it. Or even just the information that the report could provide.
The problem is, according to what I have researched, none of the services are definitive. Boatfax and Boathistoryreport may or may not be accurate. Both have many critics on the internet
To add to the the dilemma, at one time the boat was listed for $124k, and I am getting it at more than half off, but I am 1000 miles from the boat and want to lock in the price! There has been a three year time span in between the price change,,,, three years of hurricanes... The contract
to buy (actually the offer) does not allow any misrepresentation of the facts (i.e. boat history) as stated by broker, but at the same time: I am not "RELYING ON ANY ADVERTISEMENTS, PROMISES, DESCRIPTIONS, AFFIRMATIONS, OR REPRESENTATIONS (WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, PRIOR TO OR CONTEMPORANEOUS WITH THIS AGREEMENT) PROVIDED BY THE BROKERS".
I did Google
the hull id number
and found out very little. This should be the FIRST step in any purchase!
As I ponder my dilemma, which is should I lock in the price and hope for the best [I do have some seriously good information about the boat ("seriously"- as in 99% complete competence and confidence)], or should I get in the truck and drive the 1000 miles and find out the boat looks good, but the seller will not accept my lower offer...
Thank you for allowing me to think out loud. CF forum members are the greatest.