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Re: Off-season Boat Buying
Normally you would make an offer, tender a deposit of 10%, and if the seller accepts that, your offer would include "subject to satisfactory survey and sea trials" unless it was an "as is, where is" type of sale for some reason. The purpose of the survey--by a surveyor who is not working for the seller and is less likely to be colluding with them--is to find gross defects that other eyes might miss. The purpose of the sea trial is to confirm that everything actually works on the boat when under way--not whether you like that boat, but that it actually is in working order.
Sales can be subject to finance and insurance but it would be most unusual to make a sale "now" and put off the survey and sea trial until spring. Anything can be negotiated, but one would think a broker was still very much willing and able to have their own boat in the water so they could sell it now--not in six or eight months.
Last edited by hellosailor; 10-20-2015 at 02:48 PM.