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1) How much would it cost round trip (doing it on the cheap) to see the boat that you are going to buy based on someone else's opinion (surveyor)? Seems to me that you would want to look at it if possible.
2) Test Sails: This one always gets my attention. You just have to have a test sail before you buy? (and lots of people demanding a test sail wouldn't know a good sailing boat from a bad one, especially if they have an owner or broker telling how great it is). Most of the people demanding this are usually buying boats in the lower end of the range. Now, let's talk real money. People who buy customed designed mega yachts are committed from the beginning, there are no comparable boats to test, as their design is unique. These people never get to test sail before buying.
3) When was the rigging replaced? I've noticed that when people buy a boat to upgrade, the first thing they do is replace the running rigging. Quick, looks pretty (colored lines, you know), nevermind that the old rigging was serviceable. Next thing is to replace the standing rigging. They're not sure why, it just seems like something to do. This is frequently a total waste of money, in my opinion. If you are going to replace the rigging, have some factual basis for why you are going to do it. After reading about lots of rigging being replaced, depending on who is doing it, I believe sometimes the old is better than the new.
4) Before one buys, especially an older boat that is going to require work, spend some time understanding boats in general and the boat design that you are looking to buy, and what will be required (the OP may have already done this, and if so, good). Then, especially if its an older boat, look at it yourself. I believe you'll save yourself money and aggravation in the long run.
If my comments seem harsh, they come after spending some time in the boatyard yesterday where a previous boat, that I owned for 22 years, lies hacked up, abandoned, and is now a piece of junk. The last guy who bought it was going to "upgrade" it. He spent thousands of dollars and for every dollar he spent, he probably knocked off $10 in value of the boat. Not satisfied with this hack job, he bought another (better for living aboard) boat and hacked it up. Both lie abandoned together in the yard, never to sail again.
Last edited by NCC320; 04-30-2010 at 02:02 PM.