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post #6 of Old 11-06-2005
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Boat Buying Process

"Get it in Writing" is the most important detail I can think of. I wanted to buy a boat from a seller at his asking price. Offered a deposit, as the seatrial wouldn''t be for 2.5 weeks. He said no, a handshake was good enough. Then 2 weeks later, after I had set in motion plans to move the boat to my mooring (a 2-3 day sail) if the seatrial went well, he said his family had decided they did not want him to sell the boat. I wasn''t out $, but hours of inspection, planning, and anticpation of a boat I could stand up in. I asked him about his handshake, what was it worth? Just live and learn, and get it in writing. Be well, B
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