Am currently in the process of possibly purchasing
an older sailboat off the internet
that has been on the hard
since the end of last season and is advertised as being "Turn Key". Priced affordably at well under $10K for what it is, and negotiations for the cost of a new main and autopilot
brought the price
down to the "Almost too good to be true" level. (Alarm bells going off here at this point). The Yanmar
1GM engine was winterized and the owner says it is one of the best parts
of the boat (Hmmm, what are the "not best" parts
of the boat....running rigging
?). I have maintenance
receipts for the last two years, and there are many. And a lot of real nice pics of a beautiful well maintained boat which I think we would be a good fit together.
Great, all that. Am in love with a boat (It happens sometimes as most of you already know), but arranged for a survey
as well. (Wish I could have had a survey
of my previous 3 wives
, Would've saved me a fortune so that I could afford a bigger boat!). Doing a survey on a cheap
little piece of fiberglass
sitting in the water
, why? Because when you buy something sight-unseen, you deserve what you get, don't cry and whine about it. If a boat hasn't been used for years and years without maintenance
, then there will always be other issuess that need to be addressed besides the engine.
Remember, when you are out there on your own, or with family
and friends, one's boat has to be safe, capable, and reliable. Get a survey done if you can't, or don't know how to inpsect the boat for yourself.