Originally Posted by mark2gmtrans
I recently went over 1000 miles round trip to look at a boat that was called "turnkey, ready for cruising" in the ad, and yet when I got there it was anything but, and when I confronted the owner with the obvious defects he called me a tire kicker, I wanted to kick him in the tires. I was soooo angry, but it is part of the process and I was also able to visit some friends. Next time I will have the seller take a video camera on board.
Maybe we should formulate a list of standard questions to ask any boat seller that could provide a potential scoring grade to eliminate boats you'll waste your time on.
I'm thinking of questions along the lines of:
- Which marinas in your area charge the lowest price per foot for hauling out and pressure washing?
- What is the current compression reading for each cylinder of your auxillary engine?
- Can you provide receipts for the last time you had your fuel polished?
- What is the manufacturer, model number, and serial number of the last piece of electronics that you upgraded?
- How many gallons of anti-fouling paint did you buy last time you had your boat hauled out, what brand of paint was it, and how much did you spend per gallon?
- Name 3 pieces of standing rigging you replaced in the last 5 years.
At the very least it might separate the owners who are actively involved in upkeep on their boats from the ones who are letting their boats die a slow, painful death.