After a couple years of looking we found the boat. A 1979 Pearson
323 in great condition with lots of gear
. After seeing lots of fixed uppers we decided it was worth it to pay a little more for a boat ready to go. Come December we are on our way south down the ICW
to the Bahamas
for 6 months!!!
We live in MT so we got to experience the stress of a long distance purchase
. everything went extremely smooth through the whole process. We were lucky!!! It made all the difference in the world that the sellers were very helpful through the whole process and are great people!
Our process was:
-after reviewing a 2 year old survey
and other info the seller sent (pics, invoices, etc.) we made an offer contingent on a survey
, sea trial, inspection
by us and by a representative.
-after we agreed on a price
we had a surveyor
do a fly by visit as we hadn't seen the boat yet. He was willing to do it for free if we went through with the survey and if not would only charge us for 1/2 hour ($45)
-with his go ahead that there wasn't anything obvious wrong we had a full survey and sea trial
-with satisfactory results we flew out and did our own inspection
and sea trial
-everything looked great so we closed on the boat
-the PO spent 2 days with us on the boat!!!
The trickiest part were the logistics. We had to have flights, hotels, cars, long term storage
, etc all line up before we even knew how the survey went. Luckily all went well but we had it scheduled that if it didn't we could cancel with minimal fees
I can't stress enough how helpful it is to have good sellers if you are buying
through an individual especially when buying
long distance. If we didn't have trust in what they were saying and the kind of people we were dealing with I don't think we would have risk buying in this way. We would have taken a couple weeks to travel around and look at boat versus laying out the cash to go look at one boat. It could have cost us several grand if the boat wasn't as presented. When trying to go cheap
those boat bucks add up quick so a few extra grand lost
would have hurt! Especially when you are back to square one.
Now the boat is being stored for a while and we have time to gather up specific items we need for the trip. It would have been best to buy a few months later but when the right boat pops up you really need to jump on it. There are a lot of boats out there but very few older boats at reasonable prices that have been truly taken care of.