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View Poll Results: Boat buying assistance: willing to volunteer to inspect boats for sale in your area?
Yes, I'll help, do the page 123 67.96%
I can't help, but it's a good idea 3 1.66%
Not a good idea 55 30.39%
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Just top by some internet cafe or web bar, buy some geek some drinks and dragoon 'em. In the best of nautical tradition.
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Not that energetic. Aside from the fact I'm not a habitue of either venue. If someone wants to write it out and send it to me, I'll give it a whirl.
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Good Idea!

I wish this were around several years ago. It would have saved me 100's of $ for plane tickets just to see that the boat was not what the ad said.
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That's a good idea. I've driven from SC as far as St Louis, FL, and NJ to buy boats from online ads. Had someone looked at the NJ boat I wouldn't have bought it, but after driving several hundred miles and talking the price down some I ended up with a boat that I probably should have walked away from. Any one in a few minutes would have spotted the problems, and if they didn't it's still no worse than not having someone look. I guess the only issue is if you don't pursue a boat based on what someone else says, when in fact your opinion would have been different.
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I'd be willing to help to a point. The unintended consequences of liability could be risky. Probably be a good idea to establish ground rules to prevent ill-will and bad feelings.
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I'd be willing to help to a point. The unintended consequences of liability could be risky. Probably be a good idea to establish ground rules to prevent ill-will and bad feelings.
And to be known as one persons opinion w/o responsibility.

As well, a printed out check list to take along would preserve the memory or could be emailed off to the request person.
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I can check out anything in the Wisconsin area probably down to chicago. Always good to get a fresh water boat if you can = ) The only down side is my eyes sees everything and my wife constantly complains I am way to picky !

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BostonSailor - This is just unpaid assistance, from one member to another (though the requesting member is free to give compensation if they want to). There are no claims of expertise or ability being made. Just a willingness to check out a boat outside the requester's locality, or to go along with them to look at one.

The purpose here is to create an up to date list that is easily accessed, rather than going through the old thread.
Suggest we consider putting folks in touch with reputable brokers and yards we trust. Lots of boats need new owners here in Muskegon, Mich. The yards launched less than half of the wintered boats last year.
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Re: Boat buying assistance list discussion

Hi John,
I have some experience in web sites, coding database apps, and even using mapping (Google) techniques to put a map page on a web site. I can help with coding if we get that far. I think members could inspects/evaluate an advertised boat to find out it the ad is factual and add a rating system based on a check list. Obviously, such a quick look would not be even close to a formal survey, but could give a prospective buyer an inkling as to when a boat is a possible buy. Glad to help with web site and/or boat evaluations.

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