$5k for a Tanzer26 with a 2015 9.9hp outboard, new paint
, and the interior
is "possibly" in fantastic shape according to the seller. And a promise of a buy back next year (Get that one in writing). Sounds a bit too good to be true.
Question though: In an isolated inlet with no lift/haulout capabilities....how did the seller apply new bottom paint
(Edit: The boat is in an Inlet. Inlets have outlets that lead to somewhere else....possibly with lift/haulout capabilities?)
As you have powerboating experience, you should be able to do a self-survey on the interior hull
of the boat and the boat's systems yourself. Sails
might be a different story but not overly complicated on this size of boat...do some research
on your own. I agree with others here..skip the survey.
I recently purchased my Hunter27 online. Photos looked great, seller provided maintenance
records, informed me of problems that he was seeing. Price started at $6500 but was reduced to $5500 in order to purchase a set of used sails. As I live overseas and won't return to the States for 7-months, I had a survey done. Survey, plus launching and haulout fees
came to around $720. That's a large percentage of the purchase price, don't you think? For me it was worth it, no major issues with the boat found, but by being overseas I paid to have an unbiased professional set of eyes inspect the boat. If you can go see the boat yourself and make your own assessment, a survey is not worth the cost IMHO.
Personally, I'd go look at the boat and jump on it as soon as possible. Sail it, enjoy it, do some maintenance
, and then next year (when the seller's tour season starts again and he needs boats) decide whether or not you want to keep the boat. If not, take a hit on the price and sell back to the PO and move on to another boat. (But get that buy back deal on paper first!)