Join Date: Dec 2008
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1) The broker handling the deal isn't going to answer condition questions directly...it opens him up to a lawsuit if, after buying the boat, the buyer feels he was misled in a significant way. Besides, I suspect most brokers don't want to invest lots of time answering questions, especially if the answers might tend to turn off buyer. Better that buyer inspect the boat.
2) If you can talk with seller, sellers will either try to answer truthfully, or some will spin you, so how do you tell the difference? Don't know about marine brokers, but real estate brokers go absolutely nuts if a potential buyer wants to talk directly with the seller....been through that a couple of times.
3) Lots of the questions on the list, really don't have any significance...ie. when did you tighten belts? Belts should be in good repair and properly tightened, but these are small items that you can take care of when you own the boat.
4) When I sold my last boat, I wanted potential buyers to see exactly what they would be getting and I set up a page on photobucket.com where I posted 199 photos. Even then, one guy got pissed because the halyards were not new (and they were shown in the photos).