My wife and I are getting ready to take our first cruise
, and are planning on spending two years in the South Pacific
, but will be living aboard
for a year or two before we leave while we save money
. We've been looking for the right boat for awhile now, and have found a CS 36T (1984) that we like a great deal.
We just got the boat surveyed, and moisture showed up in the decks. The surveyor
advised me that it's unlikely to be a safety
issue, and unlikely to require maintenance
of any kind during our projected four year window of ownership
. Basically he told me that other than resale value, I'm not risking a great deal, and it's probably not a show stopper.
My broker is recommending that we counter at 10% under the agreed upon sale price
based on the survey
and that we move forward.
I'm relatively inexperienced and am not quite sure how big a deal this is, but I don't want to make a mistake and buy a boat that will give me trouble or might be unsafe offshore
. On the other hand, she's very well equipped, reasonably priced (deck issues aside) and suites our needs very well.
I'd love to get some feedback on how big a risk I'm taking here. I don't actually care all that much about resale value since presumably when I return, I'll be back at work, not trying to pad the cruising kitty, and I'm willing to take one in the shorts at that point if I can get a good deal on a boat today.