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I hated the broker that the seller was using on the boat I bought. He didn't seem interested in my little deal at all. But, I ended up with the win in that "relationship". The listing had 2 anchors and a boat hook as part of deal. When he delivered the boat, only one anchor was there, and no boat hook. We were leaving the next morning to sail the boat from New Jersey to Hampton VA. The broker promised to meet us at our first stop, and drop the anchor off. I gave him a window of when we'd be there. He called later in the day, and I gave him a much closer window of time... down to a 30 minute window. He agreed. Then he got there, but didn't want to stay, so he left... without giving me my anchor. I was not late at all, infact, I was there with 10 minutes to spare.
When I got the boat home, I called him, and he said if I wanted the anchor, I'd have to pay shipping. LOL... um, nope. The listing has it as part of the boat, and you agreed to take possession of the anchor, and deliver it to me. I have phone records, witnesses (crew), and GPS records proving the agreed times, and locations. He then tried to tell me it was junk, so I don't want it anyway, to which I said he can throw it away, and send me a check for replacement value, not worth, of the anchor and rode.
Eventually, I called the YBAA. Once I told him I talked to the YBAA, he had to end up shipping the anchor to me. Sucks to have to fedex an anchor... sucks for him. Infact, Fedex refused to accept it the first time because of how poorly they boxed it. So he had to redo everything. I was pissed at him, so when I got the anchor... I sent him 3 photos, one of the box unopened, another of the box all opened, and the last of everything sitting inside a trash dumpster!
Then I dug it all out, and am using it... I just kinda wanted him to be a little madder about the whole thing. If he was just cool with me, then it wouldn't have been an issue, I might have even said don't bother with it.
Anyways... if this is the sellers broker, you will have a hard time going around the broker. I am pretty sure the broker can sue the seller if he sells the boat to you within 6 months, without the broker. I wouldn't worry about your offer, just act like its accepted. If he comes back, and says that the seller isn't in agreement... then let him know your not comfortable with everything because of how he's been, and you are having second thoughts.
The YBAA is a powerful group... and will likely help you out if the broker is being unethical. Would you mind saying which broker it is, so others may know not to use them?
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