is to have in the purchase contract
some form of retention, a couple of % of the purchase price
will do. Don't pay this until all rectification is complete and no sooner than 6 months from delivery
. Also ensure that all marina charges paid by dealer until satisfactory handover.
Do not accept handover until the majority of defects have been rectified. Watch the commissioning process like a hawk and take lots of photos, time stamped of start and finish of various job like antifouling. Make sure you have written specifications for jobs such as antifouling. Consider a survey
prior to handover, especially if you have concerns.
Check your boat insurance
policy has an add on legal
policy that covers faulty works, certainly in UK most do. Check that if boat needs haul out
for rectification you don't pay, for haul and storage
Finally if the commissioning yard says we don't like customers watching the work, go elsewhere.
I just wish I had taken my advice
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