Originally Posted by MikeOReilly
As a buyer, I always asked for a previous survey. I don't see this as an unreasonable request. Yes, it has value, but so does everything else on the boat you're trying to sell. I happily hand it over to serious buyers b/c I want them to know as much about the boat as possible.
As a seller, I try to anticipate all the questions a buyer might have, but as James Wilson says, I haven't anticipated them all. I also suffer from owner's-delusion: where we all think our boat is the prettiest, best, most wonderful boat out there (a fact witnessed every time people get into a "No! Mine is best" fight here on SailNet). This is why I ask for, and offer, the survey.
We may both have to re-read to see "who's on first". But I think we both said exactly the same thing.
The question of the monetary value of the survey only come in when the buyer pays to get one, turns the boat down and the seller then wants a copy. No way. Not for free.