Re: No Sea Trial
For $0, you can LOOK at the boat. (inside and outside). You can LOOK at the sails, and LOOK at the engine.
With a deposit, and a signed P&S agreement, you can start the engine and have the boat inspected by an accredited surveyor. Hatches can be opened, and stuff removed from the lockers. You can play with the electronics. However, unless you are a licensed captain, you CANNOT take the helm and putter about the marina, unless the owner offers you to do so. In my case, the owner brought the boat over to the sling, for the short haul and pressure wash.
After the closing, you can do anything that you want.