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Re: good faith money
Welcome to SailNut Brown 123.
To answer your question(s).
I would not send money out of country for a boat I hadn't seen in person. You might be able to find a reliable 3rd party to inspect it for you though (your friend in the Bahamas).
I would take a more philosophical view of this: either the boat will be there when you want it, or it will not. If it is sold before you get to it then it wasn't meant to be.
I would also think that a call to the owner telling them that you are very interested in their boat but it will take you some time before you get to see it in person. Ask for "first right of refusal" - meaning, if someone offers him $X for the boat you want to be able to offer $X + some amount.
If it was meant to be then it will happen.
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