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|06-05-2008 02:56 AM|
Originally Posted by BarryL View Post
|06-04-2008 09:45 PM|
Originally Posted by artbyjody View Post
If the surveyor finds serious problems with the boat, why would you waste your (and everyone else's) time on a sea trial?
|06-04-2008 08:14 PM|
Thanks Everybody, See New Post
|06-04-2008 03:58 PM|
Go over it like you would buying a used car (or new for that matter). Get into every nook and cranny (you'll pick up things that the surveyor may not). Look for broken items, dark colored wood that indicates wood rot, check and make sure all the buttons, switches, etc work and if not labeled what they are used for etc, check all the bildge accesses, locate all the tanks and seahulls...
Take time to also chat with the owner if on board and ask questions - but more importantly ask them what they found to be weaknesses or annoyances with the boat - and what you should be aware of in terms of the boats quirks...
You'll be surprised how forth coming people are when asked directly.
Most of all - after clamoring around and soaking where things are - take a few moments to relax and consider if this is the boat you see yourself doing whatever style of sailing you intend...
|06-04-2008 03:29 PM|
|ratherbesailing||Ask for a list of all repairs done on the boat. If they didn't keep a list/log, they didn't take care of the boat!|
|06-04-2008 02:48 PM|
Originally Posted by montenido View Post
|06-04-2008 12:16 AM|
|negrini||Try to get there a little earlier and spend some time looking to the boat, and imagine you and beloved ones boarding and sitting around. Sea trial results has no meaning if you don't fall in love with her. Ok, don't be fooled by this, so check the fridge and make sure there is enough space for beers .... good luck !|
|06-04-2008 12:13 AM|
At our sea trial (my first) the surveyor also went along, and I was glad he did. We sailed upwind on both tacks, then downwind. Check steering on all points of sail, check for any looseness or "clunks". If you are fortunate to have good winds push her to the limits, that's where any weakness will show up. Under power take it up to full throttle for a full 5 minutes to check for overheating, excessive smoke or a loss of oil pressure when you go back to idle. Check all instruments for proper operation. We did the sea trial first so we could check the engine for leaks after being run hard.
good luck, John
|06-03-2008 11:40 PM|
Great Information, Thanks
Hi, all. Wow, what a great bunch of info to use tomorrow. If I get the jist of this, trust the surveyor while asking lots of questions, and discount the opinions of the selling broker. Take as much time as needed, then use the findings of the survey and sea trial to negotiate the final price. I am making a compilation of all the great posts here and will post the final sea trial list for further use later.
Thank you all. I will let you know how it goes.
|06-03-2008 11:35 PM|
IMHO, you should do whatever the surveyor asks to be done. If he's good, that will include a thorough check of the:
furler (if there is one)
The other things people mention should be done, but don't have to be part of the sea trial.
If there is a broker you should not expect the owner to be present. It's the broker's job to do the work of selling the boat. If the broker is good, he won't let you dock the boat, or otherwise risk damaging it.
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