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Even if an offer is not acxcepted, a majority of sellers will counter offer. No one pays full list in this market. Not on a houise, not on a boat. The broker will know this even if the seller does not.
As a practical matter, sending the surveryor first saves me time and money. My time is valuable, and so is yours.
As a legal matter, sending the surveyor first protects me in the following case: the surveyor comes back and says, there's nothing really wrong with it, but there's alot of mileage on it, and I've seen this same model in better condition for the same price. In fact, there's one in a marina 20 miles away from here that's much nicer. I surveyed that boat but the deal fell through and I know she's still available.
Try dealing with that scenario if you've already signed the standard Yacht Broker's form. If you want to get out, say goodbye to your security deposit.
Last edited by Curm; 09-04-2009 at 08:03 PM.