Join Date: Aug 2006
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Agree 100% with those who have said it's MUCH less expensive -- in the end -- to buy a boat which has been well maintained. Trouble is, these days these are few and far apart. Many owners let their boats go...because they lack experience, interest, and/or resources. MOST of the boats on the market for sale are in this category. The really good ones are rare.
Be careful of those that "look good". Some owners take pains to make their boats look good (cosmetic only), but don't take enough care of the things that matter....mechanical, electrical, structural, etc. And, of course, these are the things which can REALLY cost down the line. Or, worse, can cause a catastrophic loss. I know of several boats which recently came to grief in this category.
One other thing to watch out for: the boat which is "loaded" with electronic and electrical and other gear. Knowledgeable owners will have made good choices. But, unfortunately, there are lots of owners who just wanted the toys, and will buy whatever strikes their fancy at the moment, irrespective of function, quality, integration, need, or other sensible requirement.