Originally Posted by horan
I am hoping you can help me once again. So my wife and myself are starting to narrow the choices of used boats down and are starting to consider making an offer on one in the next month or so. I am hoping someone can tell me what the normal ediquit for making an offer in the off season is. I live in Ontario
and and of course there is snow so I have only been able to view the boat on the hard
. Being able to go on board and view the living space is nice but I would always feel better if I could see the boat in the water and make sure it floats and no other major issues are hidden. In Canada is it normal to put conditions on purchases of used boats in the 30K range that could not be met until spring and the boat is able to be splashed for a try out. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated, first timer and I don't want to insult anyone or look too foolish.
90% of all major issues with any boat should be identified with the boat on the hard by a competent surveyor
. This includes hull
condition, decks, bulkheads and standing rigging
stepping) along with sail condition, electronics
and winches (including the windless).
What will pop up in the sea trials will be issues with the motor
while under load as well as faulty sea cocks and rudder
issues (including bend shafts and the dripless gland). These things can be difficult to assess until you splash the boat. You should already have a good idea of how the boat will perform under sail.
If you see one you like, make an offer contingent on survey and eventual sea trial. This is standard practice and will hopefully lock up a good price
on one during the off season. If the hard survey comes back negative keep looking. It's not uncommon for buyers to pay for multiple surveys prior to actual purchase
. Here is a link I saved from one of the members here that will explain how you should do your own presurvey, Marine Survey 101, pre-survey inspection