Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Sounds a bit like my boat. Good condition and well cared for, but has some outdated electronics. Everything I need mind you, but it's nice to update them and it is on my list of things to get over time. I figured it's better to find a good quality boat with outdated electronics, but very well cared for, rather than the opposite. A new engine, well that is a score! When I was looking, it was something that was hard to find, and when I did, the price reflected. Maybe I will upgrade the power one day, but I am a "weekend mechanic" meaning I'm not afraid to work on a diesel motor and know how to maintain it properly. (basically) haha
I hear ya on the inspection industry. I have wondered of the qualifications of some of these people. Unfortunately for my case, I purchased the boat sight unseen....yes, I said sight unseen. haha I relied greatly on the broker, my own research, mechanical and hull surveys to make a final decision. Because that is all I had at the time. I knew I didn't have to see the boat to learn it's layout or sail set up. But I did need other people this time to provide feedback on it's condition.
At the end of the day, I made it over to see the boat about a week after the deal closed and loved it! =D