Originally Posted by Tim R.
Make sure the owner is really the owner. Could be a scam or a divorce dispute.
Not entirely difficult to imagine someone breaking into a moored boat owned by someone from away and selling it.
I would not step on the boat without first seeing documented ownership.
Also, have you outright asked him why the price is so low?
of course demanding to see documents of ownership would do one of two things. Either make the owner mad because you think he is lying or tell him you think the price is too low. Both points will ruin your chance of negotiation.
I have seen lower priced boats around here, many are being gotten rid of because the owner no longer wants to pay for upkeep. The chance of a boat of that age being "perfect" as stated is somewhere between zero and not on your life though, I would imagine. Like most things in life if you can't afford to dump at least the purchase price into repairs once it's yours I would consider something less expensive.
BTW Weddings have a way of becoming much more expensive than you think as well and if you try to save pennies there you will have a very mad bride.