Well, we're back! The trip went very well, considering it was very wet all day on the road. During the time we looked at the boat, the weather wasn't bad at all, and we were able to be very thorough. The listing broker let us on board and told us to take our time (which is good because we planned on taking a lot of time, and did!).
So now we have a problem. We really like the boat. Why should that be a problem? Well, because it's on the hard, winterized, and blocked in by other boats in the yard now. This boat isn't going anywhere until spring.
So now we have to decide what to do: Make an offer now, and try to take into consideration no sea trial, but still do survey and possibly engine survey (or work out some sort of escrow situation, which I'm not a big fan of because it has its own drawbacks)? Or wait to make an offer until later in winter when we're closer to spring and can sea trial, but then risk someone else buying the boat before then?
Anyway, some of you probably know I've posted about this question before, except before it was hypothetical--no real boat. We don't necessarily need to go over that topic again, though anyone is welcome to provide thoughts on it. If the boat hadn't been in good condition, this wouldn't be an issue. Of course, that's not the case, so now we have a problem.