Originally Posted by lgherb
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:
1. Which marinas in your area charge the lowest price per foot for hauling out and pressure washing? Owner says that he doesn’t know but does give you the rates for his marina. Do you reject on that basis?
2. What is the current compression reading for each cylinder of your auxiliary engine? Owner says that he has not had a compression check done. Do you reject on that basis?
3. Can you provide receipts for the last time you had your fuel polished? Owner says that his fuel has not been polished. Do you reject on that basis?
4. What is the manufacturer, model number, and serial number of the last piece of electronics that you upgraded? Owner answers the question but points out the the information for all electronics except for serial numbers is already contained in the listing. How helpful was that?
5. 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? Owner says that he has the yard do it and pays by the foot. He says that he will check with the yard but wants to know how that will affect your buying decision. Do you reject on that basis?
6. Name 3 pieces of standing rigging you replaced in the last 5 years. Owner says that, like most owners, he hasn’t replaced any rigging in the last five years. Do you reject on that basis?
Owners says that he will be happy to provide any and all information prior to you making the trip. He then asks if you are in a position to buy his boat if your inspection is satisfactory? Do you retreat quickly and reject on that basis?