I'll have an update on this in February/March when I finally take delivery
The deposit is in the 50-100k USD range. Not 10k like one user mentioned.
I'm already familiar with the make/model of the boat so I don't need a sea trial for that reason. I just want my surveyor
to be able to fully evaluate the condition of the boat (e.g. engines underway).
As one user pointed out, the language in the contract
is probably how it is commonly written in France
. Ultimately I am choosing to trust the broker
to some extent. I think that a broker
that tried to use the strict letter of the law to screw a buyer, instead of following the spirit of the contract
, would at least damage his brokerage's reputation. Maybe I am naive, but I like to think that not everyone is an evil short-sighted bad actor. I know that I always consider my reputation when making decisions.
I'm in touch with the owner of the boat, and following the trip progress, and am not particularly stressed about this purchase
I don't agree that there are "many" boats out there as some user's have said, as in my experience over the last months of searching, few catamarans have met my criteria.
I think it's common in threads on the internet
for comments to become increasingly negative as the thread progresses. Is that true? If so, I wonder why that is. Even just for humans in general it's typical to see risk and problems. This is a necessity given to us by evolution I suppose. Which is okay, and useful really. So thanks everyone for your input so far.
That said, I choose to be brave and take a chance to trust the broker to act honorably (within reason) in order to get this specific boat that I want.