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If the boat was advertised with those features, the best you're going to get is a slight price offset to compensate for them not working. Expecting them to be replaced with new is ridiculous and most likely going to get the very cheapest models as replacements as Sapperwhite pointed out... It would make far more sense to be a bit more flexible and then do the new installations yourself...so you can invest in something that will work properly and last longer.
Also, if the boat is in good shape otherwise, the owner might tell you to take a hike... boats in good shape will often have several people interested in them.
BTW, IMHO, if you didn't adjust your offer, based on your survey results, and the survey found that all that equipment was non-functional... that's your own fault... you had a chance to address those issues when you had the survey done. Expecting the owner to adjust the price to accommodate the cost of buying and installing all new replacement gear is a pipe dream, and completely unreasonable.
He wouldn't get that kind of return on the gear if he bought it and installed it just before he sold the boat... so he's very unlikely to discount the boat the full amount. I think you'll be lucky if he meets you a third or half of the way for the cost of the replacement gear, not including installation costs.
A good way to look at this is the price difference between two otherwise identical boats... the price difference for the one with all new electronics will generally be far less than the cost of all the electronics put together... That's why it doesn't make sense to buy fixer-uppers unless you're getting a really good deal... since it generally costs more to fix, repair, upgrade the boat than it would to buy the same boat in fixed, upgraded and repaired condition.
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Last edited by sailingdog; 12-21-2007 at 10:38 AM.