We did not do a sea trial, I never have in all the boats we have bought. If you have the boat lifted for a survey
, then that would be an opportunity to have a sea trial detour to check the machinery. If it is a production boat that is all you really need. In that case, the current
owner would be the obvious choice to skipper
. Failing that, I guess the yard doing the lift
could supply a skipper
As to how long it takes, usually the logistics for arranging the survey, getting the report and arguing over survey items discount takes the longest. Have always made an offer subject to survey against an agreed equipment
list. Once the final price
is agreed the actual sale
can complete quickly although ours took longer because we had to notorise documents in Croatian etc, but that still only took a few days plus secure posting
of documents. Say all in from initial viewing of boat to completion about 2 months, but it could be much shorter.
You obviously need to be satisfied that your money
is secure and does not vanish before it reaches the vendor, so look into the broker
and things like escrow or buyers broker.
could be an issue, if it as SSR and staying thus you will need the owner to cancel his and start yours. For part 1 I dont know. You may need to take advice
on what you do about the Safety
vignette and sojourn tax, you dont want to be caught without it.