Izenears, that is good advice u gave if it were obtainable without bias. As I have gotten older I understand that people can be tricky or even devious when it comes to being upfront about issues. Last year I bought an older Audi for my wife off of Craig's list. Met the couple who were selling the car at a Bart Station. Looked the car over carefully. Checked for engine
vibration , smoking exhaust
, test drive was fine., checked oil
. Noticed the oil
was a little low. I layed on the asphalt to see if I could see anything. Nothing. For 6 k I thought "okay ".
When we drove it home she ran very nicely. Next morning we found a nice puddle of filthy oil on the cement. Tisk tisk.
My point is people lie when they want to divest themselves of something. If u r buying something half a world away how do we know the true relationships of people who are selling and critiquing the boat? Could they be from same yacht club? Were they family
like cousins ? Is the broker selling a much more expensive boat to the seller once they unload this turkey
? On and on.
I am not a pessimist by nature. In fact I am too trusting. As has been mentioned many times in responses ... Due diligence, professional evaluations, and plenty of time spent on the boat should catch the major stuff. If u have someone you "know" that will do an unbiased eval and comes with a pedigree reputation it can help save time and money
. I wish people were always honest. Then again I wish America had better presidential candidates this election.