Logical Questions to ask.
OK..another question? I hope it makes sense!
What are some major questions that should be asked of a seller or a broker while shopping around for a boat (HC for example)?
What is the history of this boat?
What is not working that you know of?
Has the boat had any hull or keel damage or repairs?
How old are the sails/rigging/electronics?
How many hours are on the engine and what kind of shape is it in?
When was she last surveyed and is a copy available?
Are you aware of any leaks or deck voids or delamination? Blisters?
Are you aware of any other problems I have not mentioned?
EXCELLENT, thank you so much! Being an enthusiastic "Newbie" these Q's with come in handy shortly. Thanks again!!!
BTW...unless the boat is new...it is gonna have some problems. Your goal is to :
1. Identify as many as you can before you spend your money.
2. Reduce the price of the boat from it's market value to cover the costs of repairs on any significant items.
Once you've made your offer and gotten it accepted based on the KNOWN faults of the boat...then your surveyor will discover the unknown faults of the boat and the negotiations can begin again or you can walk away if the faults are too great.
Some points worth considering here: http://sailquest.com/market/intro.htm
Good website CapnHand! Thank you very much!
if you plan to travel with her, does she suit the cruising areas you want to go. For example, don't consider a blue-water boat for the Chesapeake or a
Weekender for off-shore passages. This may sound stupid but too many new-comers but the wrong boat for the wrong reasons!
your boat should be like a good pair of shoes, comfortable and made to last. If you are doing business with a private party ask them why they are selling the boat. Are the trading up for a larger boat, if so why?
avoid buying to big of a boat. the smaller "pocket-cruisers" seems to get the most use from their owners!
S/V Ms. Beaujolais
Dont trust anybody
There is a great boat buying part of "boat owners mechanical and electrical manual" by Calder. It is a very complete list and you will spend days looking at the boat. Dont believe a thing brokers say. Use your eyes and a digital camera and tell them to keep quiet. I once had a broker tell me I could only run the engine at a dock, stopped looking right then at that boat. Also dont believe what manufactures say about there boats, tank size, etc. Lot of lies there too. Good luck! :)
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