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All this advice is great. A broker listing the boat is working for the seller. The surveyors you hire should be independent, contacted and hired independently, and they are working to protect you.

So it's buyer + surveyor vs. broker + seller.

At any time, as buyer, you can walk away. Clarify that when you open your wallet or checkbook for the deposits. But be prepared to shovel out $$$ for the deposit and surveyor and if the boat is lifted, which it should be. I never really heard of a surveyor going on the sea trial, but it's an added security-measure if he obliges.

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...I never really heard of a surveyor going on the sea trial, but it's an added security-measure if he obliges...
It would be most common that the surveyor go on the seal trial and the buyer is optional. That was the case for my current boat. I was 500 miles away during the sea trial. How would the surveyor complete their report, if they weren't along?


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Ok, first off a broker works for themselves. They are happy when boats sell and they get referrals. Not many people leave a good boat deal with both sides feeling happy, but if after a while when the emotions subside, the two parties are enjoying the rewards of the trade, life is good.

When I sold my previous boat, it got old dealing with tire kickers. So when I bought my next boat i went in with a feeler email to see how motivated the seller was, then I low balled and put few restrictions (no survey or test sail) on the purchase agreement. I just asked for the boat to start and that it floated and that everything listed in the ad was there.

Do your research, and if you want to buy it, enter the negotiations well equipped with what the boat is worth and put pressure on the seller. Believe me, the market puts a lot of pressure on them anyways.

But the owner in this case owns the boat, she can do what ever she wants with it.

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Makes sense to me.
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