Well - we faired, we buffed, we threatened the broker with a lawsuit and the boat is now in the water, comfortably tucked into her new home. Been out for a couple of short sails and must say, we're very pleased. Everything we expected from a performance standpoint. And getting her going only cost twice as much as we had planned
Still can't get over how unpleasant it was dealing with a broker. Did it once before, in Nova Scotia in 1981, and it was a very easy and professional process. Things sure were different this time. I honestly can't believe that people conduct business as this person did, and continue to survive.
However, we have the boat, and she sails beautifully and has no major problems. Fixed a leak in the hot water system last night. There is no way it could not have been leaking previously, as the male fitting was a little too long for the female, and a seal could not be made ( hmm ... a recurring problem in my life
). It was obvious that the PO had made numerous attempts to figure out what was wrong...so much for the MBA.
Need to rip out the antique propane system and start from scratch - stove looks fine but everything else has to go - debating whether or not to stay with propane or go alcohol (Origo). Not a huge cost difference, and the 5 boats that just blew up here yesterday are tilting the decision in favour of the Origo...have read lots of comments on both sides...must ruminate for a while.
Strange electrical system - a product of the late eighties, needs some rewiring and a couple of doodads, but it does work.
So, all in all, if the dodger and bimini do finally get repaired as promised, a good purchase. Just sorry that we had to deal with a larcenous idiot to do it ... will never deal with him/them again.