As a delivery skipper
, I have been caught up twice in the offer contingent on sea trial and survey
I brought a boat
back from Mexico
that a buyer had made such an offer on that was pretty close to asking with the contingencies to be satisfied stateside.
The slip to which I was supposed to deliver the vessel was occupied so I took her to my own marina where there was space. I called the sellers broker, explained why I had delivered the boat
to a different location than agreed to and awaited direction where the secondary berth might be. Fortunately, I had secured the boat with a chain around the bowsprit
to a large metal cleat on the dock
. The selling broker showed up the next day with the owner and wanted me to cut the vessel loose so the owner and he could take the boat back to a yard for survey
and arrange for the sea trial with the prospective owner. I told them as soon as I had a certified check for the delivery
or a local check that I could take to my bank for deposit, I would unchain the vessel.
You would have thought that I had asked for both gentlemen's first born! But I wouldn't budge and the owner wrote me a check which I took to the bank, deposited it then returned and released the boat. I walked back to my own boat and was just going to relax when I got a call from the buyers broker asking if I had completed the delivery. I said, yes, and they asked where the boat was currently. I gave them the name of the yard and thought no more about it.
About a week later I received a letter of demand from the sellers attorney for alleged damage to his vessel which caused him to lose the sale
. Evidently the yard had found evidence that the vessel had been grounded in the past and even though the sellers broker had signed off on receiving the boat back in San Diego
in good condition, he could not check the keel
Fortunately, I had two crew with me on the delivery who lived in town and I called them to put them on standby if the accusations went anywhere which they ultimately didn't.
But it just goes to show that seller and their brokers can be dishonest as well as buyers and their brokers.
I have many times thanked whoever looks after us that there was someone in the slip I was initially directed to. The more .I think about it, it was a setup scam from the beginning!