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Old 23-06-2009, 10:32   #16
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Of course, but I think the brokers contractual duty is to the seller, and this is important to understand. Actually a bit counter intuiitive as the broker will probably develop a relationship with the purchaser as he will look at many boats with them and may never meet the sellers.

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Old 23-06-2009, 20:55   #17
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If your plan is to leave in 2010 then you may have left your run a little late.

Looking at 80-100 boats is not unusual, and they each take 2-6 hours. The advantage in this is that by the time you get to boat #60 you know the brokers pretty well.

Buying a good boat for $70k is for 4 people going to be a challenging exercise, particularly living away from the water. Don't forget that at least an additional 50% (or $35k for a $70k boat) needs to be budgeted for repairs, maintenance, upgrades and improvements.

You really need more money or more time, preferably both.

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Old 23-06-2009, 23:14   #18
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I would echo, the advice here. I would caution you not to fall in love with any particular boat (one of my failings), and try to look at the vessel with an objective eye and don't gloss over the imperfections, rather use them as a bargaining points. I would also advise you that as good as one particular deal may look, there will be another one to come along. I would also advise you the advice is usually worth what it costs. Do find a good surveyor, and he may be able to recommend a good engine surveyor. It will be money well spent.
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Thanks everyone for the advice and guidance. I spent a good part of the day yesterday looking at boats with a broker that I found nearby. He took the time to listen to my needs and then proceeded to show me boats that were more geared towards educating me on what to look for and what was realistically available. I'm looking forward to looking at more and making it happen.

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