Hi everyone, looking for other perspectives in this issue. So after finally getting to the last stage in the purchase
of our first boot, we went out (the seller, a surveyor
and myself) on a sea trial. We were just motoring happily out of the harbour and the boat hit something or the ground itself while the seller was at the helm
(lucky for me it wasn't me driving!) the boat lurched violently forward and came to a stop (I assume the seller immediately pulled the engine
into neutral).. It was violent enough for us to lose our balance on the deck
So after that the surveyor
looked in the bilge
etc and nothing seems to be broken.. He tried to assuede my fears pointing out that these things happen and it is not the end of the world.. The boat (a contessa 32) is of a solid construction where the keel
is one with the hull
, etc etc.. Yes there might be some scratches down there but this is not a reason to run away scared looking for cover..
That might all be the case but still .. As a non expert and new sailor buying
his first boat, the idea of running aground is of something one doesn't take lightly. The surveyor said the only way to know is of course to pull the boat again out of the water
(that part was already done :-( ) .. This would be of course a pain in ze arsch and he seems to think if it was him he'd just check it out the next time in a few months when the boat comes off the water
and if need be patch up what might have gotten scratched and move on with his life..
What do you folks think? Would it be unreasonable to pull off of the deal cause of this event unless the seller did something to make sure al is kosher down there? Everything else has already been settled and the seller is on the ball so I am not looking to take advantage of the situation but to be fair while at the same time protecting my interests. So I am thinking the options are:
1. Run away fast looking for cover. The boat ran aground.. Game
2. Demand that the seller pays for pulling the boat out of the water once more and that he makes any repairs
that might be necessary. If he refuses, walk away.
3. Offer the seller to still buy the boat but knock off something off the price
to account for a possible future fix..
4 Meh.. It really is not the end of the world kid. Don't be a pussy. If this would have happened yesterday when you were not around, you would be nonethewiser. Next time you pull it off, clean it up, let it dry, patch it up and done.
5. Something else?
Opine away! Thx!
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