Join Date: Jul 2002
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(I''ll admit I continue to be confused by folks who seek the help of others, yet can''t manage to offer a first name. Just seems a bit odd to me...)
Don''t overlook the whole repair process when considering your ''counter'' counter-offer, presuming the survey indicates blisters (it may not if they were filled this Spring and painted over) and the owner counters your offer. E.g. you''re buying in the middle of summer with the likely hope you''ll still have most of the season to use the boat. OTOH it would be prudent, after the blisters were opened, to allow the area to dry for a while.
What''s a month''s yard storage cost in your area? What''s the ''use'' loss worth, to you? And if you address the problem correctly, as outlined above, someone must pay for the full removal of old bottom paint and prepping the hull for the epoxy work.
A good idea might be to sit down with your preferred yard in the near term, work out together what the ''right fix'' would include, and to not miss the intangibles (loss of boat use, pro-rated insurance premium, etc.). You may not get all this backed out of the ultimate price, but you''ll have fewer regrets after the fact and won''t feel you left something on the table simply because of the press of events.