Originally Posted by lazydays914
Planning to begin a one year coastal cruise of the Eastern U.S. ten months from now. My husband and 2 dogs will be coming along. ....I found 11 boats that I'd like to look at all in CT on yachtworld.com. I'm currently a 2 hour flight from CT and would like to see these boats all in one weekend. Then if I like one, work on getting a survey done which I could fly back for. Can anyone recommend a surveyor in CT?
Yes..a broker is necessary ...all boats on yachtworld are listed by brokers...so one is necessary, and you will end up paying for him or her.
Since you are paying...get some benefit out of the cost and make use of a broker. If you actaully look at 11 boats, I'll bet that half of them will be so trashy that at first glance you'll just turn ands leave. Why waste your time looking at trash, and trusting that you will actually find the couple of good ones worth looking at? Why only Catalina, how about a Sabre or Beneteau? Ever see a CS 30? Maybe 30 is too small, although the C30 has more room than the other two larger boats..
Lots of boats and lots of questions. Use a broker to sort them all out for you. Ask the forum here for a broker recommendation in central CT. Call the broker and over several conversations, explain what you want and why. listen to his/her advice. Have them send you listings of what they think are good choices, respond to the choices, ask more questions. Eventually the borker will help you determine what boats will work for you, and he will find good examples of those boats...that means seeing at them himself before you do, or his relying on the opinions of contacts he knows. You can't phsically look at 11 boats in a weekend, won't happen. When you fly out, "your" broker should have showings set up for 4-6 boats that he vouches will all be worth your time. He'll have an itinerary planned that will work, and more likely than not may drive you to all the appointments. You will have a good chance of seeing several boats that you will like, and have to choose between attractive choices. When you buy, you'll pay no more for having "used" the broker, than for having done all the footwork and time wasting on your own. If you just want an advanture and have a lot of time, patience, and money, try to do it your self. If you just want to buy a good boat with only the usual amount of hassel, work through a broker.
This is my voic eof expereince, I did my last baot search on my own, travelling between CT and ME, looking at probably 30 boats, what a waste of time and energy, never again.