Originally Posted by dominiccc
Just what I was after - many thanks!
Just to say that the list was finessed using both knowledge gleaned from the Owners Group (especially the Secretary - who had rebuilt one, that had sunk!, pretty much from the ground up!....so knew what the common faults on Seadogs are, all boats have 'em)........and also from the details provided by the Owners (plus a few Broker's listings), particularly the common things that had been replaced / enhanced (The Seadogs date from early 60's to early 70's - and only around 140 built, most still afloat
Also just to say that for each boat their were unknowns, in itself informative (on both boat and owner!) - and either conclusions drawn or simply worked around, at least until getting hands on.
The reason the list contained so much equipment
was not that I was seeking a boat fully loaded, just that the boats varied on what was onboard - none had everything listed (some next to SFA, other lots of nice stuff, even if a hull
full of Osmosis
)....simply an attempt to compare different equipment levels (is a radar
and new autopilot
worth more (to me) than new Fuel Tanks
and the original Autopilot
? etc etc).
Not sure what "inside info" actually means
- I find if you ask for info people either tell you, or they don't. Both useful to decide whether (or not) to part with own cash. Of course if one doesn't know what to ask, then having someone do that for you is a help (albeit of course you don't know whether they have asked the right questions!).
The approach I like to take is that since once I buy I will
(sooner or later) find out everything I need to know about a boat, then it makes sense to find out everything (or as much as humanly possible) before
writing the cheque - rather than keeping fingers crossed that no surprises ($$$
) will be coming down the pipe because I couldn't be bothered pre-purchase or simply took people on Trust (or was shy about causing offence