Originally Posted by Stuarth44
last night I called De Valk brokers in NL
They said, we will give you the keys, you can spend all day looking over the boat, alone
If it is a piece of junk, the owner doesn't care about, and the broker wants to spend zero time on, I can see it.
I have had brokers tell me to go aboard on my own. Sure enough, JUNK!
If a broker let people on my boat unattended, I'd fire them immediately.
I perform boat inspections professionally, to evaluate repair / improvement options.
When I inspect a boat I may wish to purchase
, I know in about 5 minutes from stepping aboard, if I may be interested in that boat.
I would appreciate up to an hour to look it over well, but I would never dismantle it at this point, nor perform a complete inspection
(3-6 hours), unless the owner and broker approved.
I agree, if you have had significant discussion with the broker (developed a relationship), and have travelled some distance to inspect the boat, I would expect ample time.
If the broker didn't know me from a whole in the ground, I stopped in unannounced, and I asked him to stand by while I tore a $10K or less project
boat apart, I would expect to be told to get stuffed.
The preliminary inspection
is a balance to respect the sellers property, respect the brokers time, and satisfy your mind of the boat's general condition (not the condition of every single
system or component). The latter is what serious inspections and surveys are for. And it is reasonable for the broker to demand an offer and deposit, before allowing it.
When I sell a boat, I don't want a hundred hoodlums crawling all over it on the loose, tearing everything apart, breaking, and stealing stuff. I want the broker to "present" the boat to prospects, and make the boat available for detailed inspections and surveys to "serious" buyers only. The only way to know if a buyer is serious is to request an offer and deposit. If they'll lay their money
down and make a commitment to purchase
, subject to satisfactory inspections, surveys, sea trials, then they will have my permission to perform these actions on my boat. At all times, I, or the broker, will be present, and if the prospect doesn't like it, they can go look at another boat.
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