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Old 02-04-2002
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Advise needed on dealing over price

Mrs. Mutiny,

Perhaps it''s my anal retentive nature, but I can''t imagine making an offer on a boat you''ve never seen, especially given that this one was in the charter trade. I know you''re doing this from the left coast, which makes it even more important to find a broker to represent YOUR interests and not just those of the seller. Admittedly finding a broker long distance that you can trust won''t be easy. I do suggest asking folks here for recommendations, have that broker find several boats that meet your criteria, and then make a trip out to look at them for yourself. Not that I mind spending your travel dollars, just that may be a lot cheaper in the long run than buying something essentially blind based on the word of someone else who''s primary interest is selling the boat and collecting a commission.
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