Re: No Sea Trial
James, owner/broker/seller doesn't matter. When you go to buy a car, you can get a test ride--but not for the expensive or limited production cars. The dealers don't like cleaning off the slobber, it makes the car harder to sell.
When you go to buy a boat, you don't get a test ride. It isn't a rental agency. No one is going to give you a $200 test ride, because they are not in the rental business and they have no insurance for that line of business. Not the owner, not the broker.
And that's forgetting the fact that they've not going to waste their time.
It just isn't done that way. Is everything negotiable? Sure. Try offering $2000 for the charter ride instead of $200, and you might get the boat for the whole weekend. And if they don't have insurance for charters, you're still not going to get it at any price, unless someone wants to play fast and loose.
That's how you take a test ride in a boat, you charter one. And the broker doesn't waste their time prepping and cleaning and re-stowing, close their office, or anything else.
An hour or two on a boat? All that tells you is whether it leaks and how the stereo works.