We are very interested in this 47 Robert Perry. The story from the broker is this: The owners want to sell because wifey got pregnant.......The catch is this: the owners aren't available. They're off traveling. So, for liability reasons the broker can't move the boat to the haul out, we can't either.
I think a lot of boats get put on the market because of a major life change in the owner's life. In the later end of life, lots of boats get put on the market because the owner gets too old to sail it. I imagine lots of owners also sell because it doesn't fit with their young growing family lifestyle.
I can see a lot of situations in which a young mother to be would say to her husband, "Honey, would you please sell that boat. We don't have time to do anything with it, and I'm not going to feel like sailing with the baby. We can always get a boat later when the kids are older".
Then they get caught up in the excitement of the baby, fixing up the nursery, traveling to visit relatives, before the baby comes. The boat becomes the least important thing in their life, at that point.
Before I got married, I rode my vintage motorcycle on long trips, and did a lot of backpacking. The motorcycle needed some work done on it and money was needed for the kids. The motorcycle sat in the garage for years. I bought the largest family cabin tent I've ever owned, and backpacking trips became car camping trips, at state parks, in whatever camping site was closest to the playground and the shower house.
You could find yourself in a great bargain and negotiating position. I can almost hear my wife saying, "Honey, just take the man's offer. We don't have time for you to be going back and forth to the marina to deal with that boat. And you still haven't painted the nursery like you said you would".
I'd do my own examination of the boat, and make a lowball offer contingent on a satisfactory completion of the survey upon haul out.