Originally Posted by cal40john
To keep just anybody from going on joyrides what seems to be the common procedure here is to put a refundable deposit in escrow and have a contract
signed that has clauses sale
dependent on sea trial and survey.
To my mind a difference between a testdrive and a seatrial - the latter only occurs after a deal is signed and is only to confirm (or at least try to!) what the Vendor is claiming / what the Buyer thinks he is paying for!........whereas a testdrive is simply marketing
. In practice these things do seem to get rolled into the one trip.
Whilst I can understand the desire to avoid offering endless joyrides, nonetheless I think being able and willing to offer prospective purchasors a taster is just a useful marketing
tool. Of course if "your" boat (and the deal) is so great that it sells itself then don't need to put any great effort in to attract punters...........but for others, every little helps.
I am sure that not beyond the wit of folk to come up with a test drive (joyride?!) that shows off how great the boat is - but without being simply a really great way to spend a few hours on the water
for free...........an early start springs to mind for starters!, as well as simply test drives only after a week of chatting (i.e. not simply upon first contact). and maybe throw in a run through all the boat paperwork and bills before leaving the dock
(useful for a buyer - boring as crap for a timewaster!)......stuff like that won't cost the "buyer" cash, but it will cost them time.
Besides, if "you" are actually using the boat anyway, then having a couple of folks onboard (a captive audience for hearing how great your boat is!) is not exactly a biggie.
But each to their own
. (buying or selling).