Originally Posted by S/V Elusive
Yep, buyer beware.
I ran into a guy at the shipyard a few months ago. Seems he found some guys willing to bring his cat up from Florida
for free just for the trip. While they were coming through South Carolina, they lost
their lights. They were afraid to anchor
out, so they beached it, but didn't figure on the tide. During the night, the boat lay down on the steeply sloped bank. When the water
came back up, it came over the stern and swamped it. Then they called the owner and said they had to get back home. Just left it where it was. With no contract
, the owner was just left with a musty, flooded boat full of empty beer
cans and a outboard
that had been underwater during 4 tides before he could get to it. Luckily the boat was somewhat trashed when he bought it for next to nothing, but it's much worse now. He was fabricating a new motor
mount when I last saw him.
Sometime free isn't worth the price
. $450 may not either. It might be great. If they want a contract
, that's probably a good sign. But as Elusive said, buyer beware.