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OK, so here's where we're at. After a bunch of research, and some long conversations with my surveyor in that area, the escrow thing is pretty much the way it's done. Most relevant, we've already been told by the seller that he won't go for a deal that won't close until Spring. Escrow he's a agreeable to.
My surveyor says that he can survey the boat to the extent that we'll know the engine won't need major overhaul (yes, sea trial could show a fault, but not a major repair/replacement scenario). He runs the engine on the hard up to operating temperature, does an oil analysis (unless the oil's just been changed), and will look over every inch of the boat and gear.
All that said, I'm still having a hard time biting the bullet on this one. I'm clear that this is the way it's often done up there in these scenarios (boat's on the hard, winterized, covered, mast unstepped, and blocked in by other boats already), and that it probably works just fine in 99% of the cases. I also know we like this boat (both my wife and I feel the same about it), and we'd like to buy it. I'm just having a hard time with not getting to fully check out everything before buying, even if that's common place in winter up there.
I don't know that a "better" boat is likely to show up before spring (this one is very nice), but a "closer to home" boat might. On the other hand, it might not, and then I've blown my own creed of "the right time to buy is when you find the right boat at the right price".
Anyway, I'm just venting a bit. We believe this to be the right boat for us, we just wish this deal could be more simple.