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Old 01-25-2005
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Yacht Broker "Certification"

Should we therfore be sure to only buy boats through Certified Yacht Brokers, who have taken a WRITTEN TEST because that means they know EVERYTHING there is to know about boats and will GUARANTEE the boat they sell you is TOTALLY PERFECT??? While it is commendable to want to improve the industry and set standards, it sounds a lot like the requirement that Naval Architects be "accredited" or "certified" in order to design a boat. (Building a boat of your own design would be illegal, by this rule, unless you passed the test first. ) Do Certified Yacht Brokers agree to only sell boats that have been designed by Certified Naval Architects? Hate to suggest it, but I don''t believe Robert Perry, John Atkin, William Garden or Olin Stephens are Certified Naval Architects, according to this standard. Setting standards may be a good thing, but you don''t necessarily want to limit your choice of brokers. Someone who passes a written test may meet a minimum standard. Someone who hasn''t taken the test may have a higher standard. Setting a standard doesn''t mean that a buyer doesn''t still have to beware.
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