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post #30 of Old 04-18-2019
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Re: Working with sellers who refuse a pending survey contract

You can make a good faith offer with a deposit placed in escrow contingent upon a survey. To ease the seller's mind you put in the agreement of sale that you are buying the boat unless a major safety or structural issues are found costing over $x to remedy. In other words you're buying it unless the motor is about to drop through the bilge.

You protect yourself against buying a boat that is not seaworthy and the seller gets the boat sold.

If they're unwilling to do that move on as it may very well be unseaworthy.

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