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11-10-2009 07:58 PM
Gramp34
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Originally Posted by RhythmDoctor View Post
It's a scam.

The Google cache shows the text was copied from an older listing in Boat Trader magazine. For a boat that actually was in NC.

The scammer broke into the poor guy's account. Most likely the top bidders will get requests for cash sent by Western Union, that later gets picked up in eastern Europe or Nigeria.

Email him and say you'll wire him $20,000 cash right now if he ends the auction and sells to you. I'll bet you'll get a response then.

Tim
11-10-2009 07:31 PM
Waltthesalt I recommend getting a survey as a condition of sale. That should include a haul-out to check the underhull and blisters. The challenge is to get a credible surveyor. Boat insurance companies of a bank giving boat loans may give a referal. Perhaps the Better Business Bureau would be good to check with when you get name.
11-10-2009 06:34 PM
hellosailor If you want to gamble, go to Vegas.

Otherwise, make sure you can inspect the boat, survey the boat, and walk away without paying or owing anything if the boat has any problems or material differences from what it is listed as.

Some folks have had great luck with major purchases on eBay, while others have learned painful lessons.

Pretty much like Vegas, without the buffets and showgirls.
11-10-2009 02:22 AM
ahab211 hi, I viewed mine first and it had to be a steal to sway the deal! Sailing it back to canada from michigan was my seatrial and after buyers remorse(I already had a boat) my C@C 24 has been as good a boat as an 83 could be.
11-10-2009 01:08 AM
Stillraining I would pass on it...there are a ton of boats out there with owners or sellers that want to answer your questions.
11-10-2009 12:11 AM
thesnort
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The guy didn't mislead me, but he didn't disclose everything.
For me, not revealing the warts you know is indeed lying.
11-09-2009 11:05 PM
TakeFive
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
I'd point out that most of the boats on eBay are sold AS IS and generally do not allow for a survey and sea trial....
After the other responses, I do realize that. But getting access for a visual inspection is not unreasonable, and this guy has not even responded to simple request to see the boat. Apparently others are willing to take more risk than I am. The boat is really too far away for me anyway.
11-09-2009 10:55 PM
sailingdog I'd point out that most of the boats on eBay are sold AS IS and generally do not allow for a survey and sea trial.

As for other on-line sources, like craigslist, be careful as many are scams.

Still—

A sniping site is a website that helps you auction snipe, which means posting a winning bid for a minimum over the next highest bidder at the very last second.
11-09-2009 10:12 PM
TakeFive Thanks for all the advice. I have bid on many items on ebay, and always followed up on the purchase. If I chose to bid on a boat, I would do that also unless there was gross misrepresentation (such as pictures of a different boat).

The boat I am referring to is this one:

2002 Catalina 270:eBay Motors (item 200403237250 end time Nov-14-09 04:04:12 PST)

The biggest red flag I can see is the seller's location is listed as Arlington, TX, while the picture shows a boat registered in NC. So my first question to the guy was where the boat is actually located and how/when I could arrange to have someone see it. It's been about 36 hours and no response. There could be a very simple explanation, but it's also possible the guy took some online photos of a "similar" boat and posted them to represent his boat. No chance I'll even consider bidding on this under these conditions. I don't see how anyone would - but it's got 33 bids.
11-09-2009 10:03 PM
Stillraining Sniping site????
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