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Most sellers won''t be too keen on a blanket "out" following a sea trial. My experience -- having bought 3 boats and sold 2 (one just a couple of weeks ago) -- is that the sea trial is customarily for the purpose of making sure the engine turns over, the sails bend on, the depthsounder works, etc. -- stuff you can''t test while the boat is on the hard. It''s a quick test of systems, not a cruise. By the time you get to this point, the seller will already have had the boat subjected to walk-through, survey, and haulout/blocking (because surveys are typically done out of the water), and now has to launch the boat again to allow for a sea trial. Also, the price may have been renegotiated as a result of a survey, expenditures may have been made to make survey-recommended repairs/changes, etc. So, by the time you get to sea trial, both parties have gone a long way, and spent more than a few bucks.
The fact that you are coming from a long distance complicates matters, and you may find a seller who is willing to give you a test drive on that basis. If you had come to look at my boat, and wanted more than the customary (minimal) sea trial, I would expect a contract with a deposit, reimbursement for costs of launching (as well as hauling, if you were to reject the boat), as well as a payment for the sail -- since not only would I and my broker be taking time out for it, but also because I''m assuming a level of exposure to risk by taking strangers out on my boat. To require less would leave every boat seller out there in the unintended position of giving free rides on their boat to anyone who can make a claim that they are shopping for boats.
Incidentally, I bought all three of my boats without the test drive -- the last two we closed on in February (with boats out of the water and conditions too cold for sailing), with nominal dollars held in escrow pending a sea trial in the spring, intended only to confirm that the engine worked. By the time we held the sea trial, we owned both boats. However, I had already chartered a boat of the type I purchased most recently, so I knew what I was getting.
Your best bet is not to rely on the willingness of a seller to give you a test drive, but to thoroughly research the type of boat you are buying and be prepared to follow through.