I would say from you telling the broker or the owner you want it to actually taking possession maybe a month typically. Depending on the time of year, it often takes two or three weeks before a surveyor
can see the boat, so that can be a hold up. Personally, I prefer to negotiate the price
downward rather than require the owner to get things fixed--that is a guarantee for delays, hassles, disappointment. Frequently, the owner just doesn't want to budge after the survey
, so that can be a big delay. Let the owner think about things for another month or two while you look around and you often hear back from them before you recontact them. Depending on what needs to be done, I figure at least a few months for getting any boat, even a new one, ready for any sort of serious trip. In an ideal world I think it takes a good two years to sort out most boats to where you really like the way things are set up. Don't make the mistake of setting off with major boat issues thinking you'll take care of them later. It is almost always easier and cheaper to take care of those things as close to home as possible.