Broker's love you... till you sign the purchase
I have only bought one boat... so others know more than me. After the survey
, expect to negotiate some more... depending on how things turn out. While finding the right boat is extremely important... if you get involved in a deal that you can't walk away from, because of emotion, then expect to pay too much. Also, don't be afraid to involve the YBAA if you feel the broker is not following through on their obligations.
My experience was that the broker was very friendly, and offered all sorts of help prior to me agreeing to the purchase
after the survey. Once I agreed, he was hard to get ahold of, became agressive about delivery
conditions, and even downright rude (calling me "retarded" at one point). There were some issues which he refused to follow through on, to the point where I contacted the YBAA, who said I should offer him one more chance, telling him I was in contact with them. Once I sent him a copy of the letter I was about to send to the YBAA, he relented... almost instantly... meaning he knew he was in the wrong, but was being a jerk about it.
The YBAA is a great resource... and breach of ethics by a broker is very serious. Read their website for more on this... its not difficult for them to get a license
suspension, or revokation.