Join Date: Aug 2003
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boats and Offers
IMHO, there is nothing wrong with making and offer on a boat, site unseen. Of course the offer is contingent on the boat being acceptable to the buyer, subject ot inspection, survey, sea trial, blah blah blah.
I bought my current boat site unseen. I live on Long Island. The boat was in Newport RI. Not around the world, but not close enough for me to just pop in, examine and then make an offer, only to have the offer get rejected. Instead I was very honest with the broker. I knew that I like the model, I had a very fixed budget and could not go above a certain price (which was significantly below the asking price). I told the broker that the boat looked good in the ad (don't they all?) and that I wanted to buy it, but I only had X dollars. He took my offer to the owner, who rejected it. The broker gave me that information and then told me there was additional gear that was not listed in the ad. Based on that I increased my offer a little, and it was accepted.
Now, with the boat being at a price I could afford, I started the real work of buying the boat. First I visited it in person. Then the survey and sea trial. Lastly was closing and delivery home.
The broker (Warren Trafton of Sailing Yachts Rhode Island) was excellent. The contacts were very clear that the buyer (me) could back out of the deal at any time for any reason with no penalty.
So, make sure you get a similar contact, and then you can bid on boats without seeing them. If the boat is not as expected you can renegotiate or walk away.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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