Before you pick up the phone
and call, it's best have these issues sorted out.
1. Where are you going to keep the vessel? Slip availability is always an issue. Many marinas
have "lists' and no, slips don't come with the boat
.They belong to the marina and each facility has their own policy.
2. Have your funding
in line. No seller, private or broker
want to deal with someone that is not prepared to take action and to expect them to wait 2-4 weeks for a loan to process is unrealistic.
3. Be honest with yourself as to your level of experience, both with seamanship and mechanical. As a boater, you'll have to pick up either a tool or a pen.
4. Be sure to read the ad and look at the photos and videos if in the ad. Yes, ask if they are current!
5.Surveys are the responsibility of the buyer, not the seller. Yes sometimes a seller will have a "recent survey" but keep in mind, that was good for that day and time. It does give you a bit of history
but do not rely on it totally.
Some questions of caution are "what's the condition"? Now as a broker
, I'm on 20-40 boats per week so my appraisal of condition is different that someone that's only been on new boats at a show.
"How long has it been on the market". Folks sell a car within 2 weeks, houses with in 3 months, but boat
, on average takes about 10 months currently! So expecting the seller to be desperate after 2 months and willing to take "cents on the dollar" is not realistic.
"Is the seller negotiable"? This is annoying as you are trying to negotiate something you haven't seen,know nothing about and may not even want once you've seen it!
As a CPYB broker, I am available to consult anytime so just message me. Thanks