Originally Posted by S/V Illusion
There are three categories of sea trials:
1. a buyer trying to figure out what all those ropes are for (the novice);
2. a buyer who thinks he has enough experience to tell if everything works (the self-delusional); and
3. the buyer who is looking for a bailout option if he changes his mind.
Sea trails are way over-rated and in most cases serve only to provide a false sense of security
I disagree with you - appreciate that a seatrial won't reveal everything (need to take a boat apart to do that
).......but nonetheless will make sure the sails
go up and the engine
runs......for a boat that hasn't been used for a while can be quite revealing. Of course owner thinks she is all good - was 2 years ago..........
In my case 2 boats spring to mind:-
One where the Engine
went pop during the Sea Trial - looked quite major - glad I wasn't paying!
Second was another Seadog 30' - drove a couple of hundred miles, Owner didn't want to take her out - bit windy
Later I found out that a new owner re-engined her.......Of course the Vendor knew
A few other things (that they had tried to hide) and simply meeting the owner and wife were enough to put me off anyway.......with some folk you can smell the BS
Oh, and one boat had the boom fall off during a sea trial - and then it ran aground (with the tide coming back at Midnight)........but that was me
(and the fella still bought her same day - and did the Midnight refloat, alone