James makes a good point, but it would work better if you were dealing with the counterparty directly.
I didn't know that. I thought the broker would be the intermediary, like it or not. I'd love to have the owner there and talk to them and maybe get a feel about their relationship with the boat. One boat we saw a few weeks ago, the owner was there but quickly left when the broker showed up with us. So I thought this was SOP.
Go get on the boat first to look around. You have already said you are not thrilled with the pictures. If you like it in person then move forward. The owner may be there (request this) and you could discuss a sea trial directly with them. But some brokers do not like this and get bitchy others have no problem with it.
We haven't seen any pics of the local boat but have seen over a hundred of the E38-200. I'm just not getting the warm fuzzies. It's a beautiful boat and has great reviews. I think it's just something with me. I recently saw a Swan 371 that was in our price range (kinda
) and I just melted. The flush decks, winches everywhere, that thoroughbred racer look. Back in the 70s and 80s I would drool over Swans and Baltics and dream about racing. Even though all I ever did was club racing, I loved it! And when not racing I'm constantly trimming the sails, checking the telltales, and trying to hit maximum speed. I was even doing that a few weeks ago on that Jeanneau we went out on. Maybe it's in my blood.
Those racing thoroughbreds aren't practical for me today. I know that. But my heart doesn't care. Even though one of those may kill me, I'd go out with a smile on my face. I'm doing my best to keep those crazy emotions at bay.
Mark, back when my dad has his boat in Chicago, we'd make an annual trip up to Mackinac Island. He'd take it up there and I'd take it back, or vice-versa. We'd get all kinds of weather but only once did the weather keep us from making a planned passage. We had planned to cross the Lake Michigan from Pentwater to Milwaukee. The winds were 20-30K. We set sail for Milwaukee on a beam reach and by the time we were about 5+ miles out, the seas had built to 12'. A couple of aboard were getting seasick. So I made the turn south and out the wind at our back.
The point is we had deadlines to make (most all work related) and since I'm the only one retired, I expect to have the same when we make long trips, that I know we will. So the boat has to be ready for all kinds of Great Lakes' conditions. If you've never sailed the Great Lakes, the waves here get very steep, very fast. A boat that has difficulty when the waves are astern would be a much bigger problem on the Great Lakes than the ocean. Maybe that's why there are so few E38s around here but plenty on the coasts. Of course it could just be sheer numbers.
Anyway, we have to find out more about the reaching and running qualities of the boat and how it handles the Great Lakes.