Interesting thread, for people such as myself, looking to buy.
I found a boat which I believe would suit me down to the ground, a good size for 1, to 4 persons at times, a shallow draft
and from what the details say, she dosen't need a lot of work
...I know that can be taken with a grain of salt
but...There are a few hassels to be overcome.
The boat is in the States, WA state. So it's no easy or cheap
job for me getting to inspect her before finding a surveyor
. She has twin engines, petrol/gass, which I would pull-out and replace with twin diesels once I got her in Australia
...If she passed muster.
I would have to have her freighted to Australia
and freight agents I spoke with in the States want more info' on the boat than I can supply.
With the above little hassels, someone like myself making an offer on this, or any other boat off-shore, need to facture-in these costs but...Boats in the States, specially full-on motor
boats, seem to cost a lot less
than similar boats here in Oz.
With the boat I believe would suit me spot-on, she is a 38' Chris-Craft Coho Trawler
and doing "any" research on these boats is like searching for hens teath! Chris-Craft only built 58 of these Trawlers...I don't know if that's a good thing or not.
Anyway, with some of you having been down the road of making a successful offer on the boat you won, what would you offer for the 38' Chris Craft? If you were in my position
I do not know if I'll make an offer on this
boat, I still have a couple of "home grown" problems to sort-out before heading off to live aboard but...This is one of the type of boat I'm researching...The others are Tri's and a much different story...I think