Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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A few points:
-There is a list somewhere on this site of people who have volunteered to look at local boats for fellow sailnetters. Maybe you can have someone take a look at the boat for you and see if it is as presented, or perhaps just a piece of junk
-Is the boat being sold by the owner or by a broker? If it's a broker, he should abide by the broker rules regarding contracts, deposits, etc. If that is the case, then you shouldn't have any problems getting your money back if you don't like the boat.
Additionally, if there is a broker representing the boat, then you can do some research on the brokers reputation - good, bad, or ?
Finally, a short personal story - I bought my current boat site unseen. Well, not really, but I found it on Yachtworld and agreed to buy it without seeing it. It was late in the season (November) so I called the broker and was honest with him. I told that if the boat was as presented, and we could come to an agreement on price, I would buy the boat. We went round a few times, but then agreed to the price. I drove about 4 hours to see the boat with my own eyes. It wasn't quite as nice as I hoped, but nice enough to continue with the deal: survey the next week including a sea trial. I closed on the boat the first week in December and sailed her home over two days.
So, it CAN work, but it's certainly not as easy as finding a boat an hour away.
Regarding winter, IMHO boats in cold climates just don't really sell in winter. Of course there are exceptions, but the owner has no real incentive to sell the boat now, when escrow is involved, etc.
Day To Remember, 1986 O'day 35 For Sale
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110 For Sail
Mt. Sinai, NY
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