Both my buyer's broker and I had a great deal of difficulty getting straight information from anyone (a strident principal and three different brokers) at the Multihull Company on a cat they had recently listed in the Caribbean
The boat was listed on YW at three different prices and two FSBO sites. When we finally got the correct listing, the boat included 'new' engines, new main, watermaker
and a 4kw generator
With a little internet
sleuthing I tracked down the owner and he was much more straightforward and honest than anyone I dealt with at this brokerage. He was forthcoming that the 'new' equipment
was from 2013, the engines had 3k hours each (2.75 hrs daily for those three years-how does that qualify as 'new' on any planet?), the watermaker
had been removed and the generator
was installed but was unserviceable needing unknown 'attention'. When I suggested a pre-sale survey
, the owner agreed that was a good idea and would have one undertaken when the boat was pulled for bottom paint
Needless to say, once I connected with an honest owner I gave up even talking with the Multihull Company. While my interest continues to flounder as time goes on, I am still waiting for the owner to produce a survey so I know what I am dealing with before spending $1500 to travel and another $1k for a survey.
My suggestion is to flush out a good word-of-mouth on-site buyer's broker recommended from amongst the fellowship here. Naturally my vote is for an independent survey.