Join Date: Feb 2007
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New problems on vendor's boat
The arrangement I made with the vendor was that I would do the labour and they would supply the parts to repair problems found on the CS 36T that we are buying. I don't know how often this kind of arrangement happens, but I figured this would be the best way to get very familiar with the systems on the boat and what previous POs have done with it. In doing so, I have found other issues that I want dealt with such as no regulator for the solar panel array, and the link 2000 battery monitor has some problems. I think the monitor should be replaced with a new one (I'll install it) and there should be a regulator for the solar panels (ditto). As to the latter, I guess the PO just switched off the panels when the batteries showed full charge, but that seems to me pretty lame and not the way a solar array is supposed to be connected.
I went to the broker and mentioned this, and he responded that the vendors have set a fixed amount for repairs and I had to work within this. To me this sounds like HS. I imagine I will have close to 100 hours of my labour into the repairs by the time it's all done, none of which the vendors are paying for. To be fair, I am getting a good price on the boat, which is why I was willing to be flexible on the repairs and also willing to do the work myself. But it seems to me that if new stuff comes up they should be willing to pay for it. These systems were part of the advertised package; the add didn't state solar array needs work or monitor should be replaced.
My question is at this point do I have a leg to stand on? We haven't yet paid for the boat, just the deposit. These things were mentioned on the survey, and the vendor responded with the link system just needs to be reset and the solar panels just need a few bad connectors replaced. I'm now finding bigger issues.