Originally Posted by FLLCatsailor
I can't tell you how many times sellers have tried to hide information like that from my when discussing listing their boat... I've had clients who have asked me, "Do we really need to disclose the partial submersion?"
It takes a truly slimy broker to be willing to try to pull a move like that on a new yacht owner... Way to do the right think Rakuflames on doing the right thing!
Thank you. There ARE slimy people out there.
What I did when looking for my first boat was take someone who was NOT a broker but who knew a lot of boats. I paid him the hourly fee he gets for repairing boats to look at them for me.
I looked at a GORGEOUS 33' Cherubini. I wanted that boat from first glance just because the head
was laid out soooo well for a boat that size. But we went through it systematically.
in the engine
was as thick as peanut butter -- that's not an exaggeration. I can't think of the name of them (no caffeine yet) but the pieces of wood that went under the shrouds on the inside were so dry-rotted that a finger -- not just a screwdriver but a finger -- went easily through them. My friend knew to look there immiediately because he saw the silicon on the deck at the base of the shrouds. To me, newer to boats, that looked like a GOOD thing ... it had upgraded, laminated sails
. They were only about a year old, but mold
was already growing between the layers, and they were delaminating in places. Sadly, at that point it didn't matter how much I liked the head
... and for $70 I saved myself the cost of a survey
on a boat I would not possibly want.
Someone else bought the boat and has been very happy with it, but he had the years and years of accumulated mechanical skills I didn't have and was able to deal with all of this.
When I found the boat I have now I still got a survey, but by spending $70 on each boat that really caught my eye, I only ended up paying for a survey on the boat I ended up buying.
It's not the only way for the buyer to protect him or herself but it worked really well for me.