Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Cape Cod
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Re: What did I do wrong?
There are numerous stories like this all over this site.
I'm a believer in vetting who I deal with, including the broker and the seller. There are brokers (not all, but many) in my neighborhood who are in it for a long term relationship with buyers and sellers. Most people who are crazy enough to buy a boat, aren't just one and done, and the sailing community so small and close, that if anyone acts up, buyer, broker, seller, everyone knows about it. The scuttlebutt isn't hard to tap.
IMHO going forward, find a broker with a good reputation who represents boats that you like in your area, and work with them. I know, I know, the contract says they don't represent the buyer, but, in this small world the good ones understand that their reputation is all they've got, and you will be back (I know, this is your last boat, trust me it isn't).
That broker will steer you towards good boats, that are well taken care of. I'm not on the page that boats that sit still are well taken care of. They maybe cosmetically nice, but typically the stuff that matters is broken. IMHO buy a boat that is heavily used regularly by a knowledgeable owner who is proud of their boat. Get to know the owner. If you don't like the owner, you won't like the boat.
Trust but verify. Even with the best broker, and a good seller there can be surprises, so survey anything you buy. And don't forget to check the reputation of the surveyor.
This whole process is supposed to be fun. No one needs a sailboat, although most of us would much rather have one than not! If it isn't fun, then you are dealing with the wrong people.
Best of luck, and hope you find the boat of your dreams soon.