Originally Posted by dhays
You know if they are serious if they negotiate a price subject to inspection, sea trial, and survey. Negotiate a price, have them give you a refundable 10% deposit, then go do an inspection.
You will put off a number of potential buyers, but if you have a boat type that is well known, this assures you that you are dealing with potential buyers that know what they are looking for, instead of tire kicker who are just looking around to see what is out there.
This is exactly as it is going with the broker who has been showing me boats. Ditto for when I am looking at something the broker is not involved in. I'm serious and make that clear. If I am not specifically interested in their boat, I've explained that in advance and ask to visit when they are working on it so as not to inconvenience them. The last boat, for sale by owner, which I was very interested in, I actually showed him my blank check to be used as a deposit if things went well.