Originally Posted by camaraderie
...but would you buy a boat out of charter again? If so...anything you'd do differently as a result of this experience? ...
I think that this could have happened on a private sale as well - but I do think that the charter company must have noticed something when they repaired the rudder and replaced the bearings prior to my purchase - and that they probably thought it was "OK" and opted not to fix it or tell me. That, in my opinion, was negligence in order to make a buck (well, a lot of bucks).
I would buy a boat out of charter again. But I would go through the survey report or accompany the surveyor with a very different mindset from that which I had this purchase. I would play avocato del diabolo"
and on any damage would think "what is the worst that could have happened that could have been covered up this way" and drill down on it. In this case I assumed that evidence of light damage was restricted to light damage, not heavy damage repaired to look like only light damage.
My perception told me from the outset that there was more to the different behaviour on port and starboard tacks but I was convinced by the salesperson, surveyor and forum denizens (I can't recall if I posted my question here or in another forum) that I was wrong. I should have trusted my gut feeling.
I have learned that the survey is an essential and important part of the purchase process and shouldn't be treated as a "yes/no" type of decision tool - the surveyor noted some signs that I should really have followed up on. Any nicked or dinged rudder on future boats will be pulled and examined minutely. Any signs of contact with more than water on a keel will be examined with even more care.
I'm not particularly gullible, but I actually believed the salesman's explanations. Shame on me. I won't make that error again.