Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Re: New boat/battery question
A bad set of batteries would not be an uncommon finding in a survey. Ask for new. When you made your offer, you knew they were roughly one-third through their useful life. Ask for 2/3rd the cost of new, you kick in the other 1/3 and you get a boat starting fresh. Good deal. You could just get 2/3rds the cost off the price of the boat and take your chances, but I always thought that looked conniving, like you were just trying to knock the owner down. If you actually negotiate for a replacement, where you are owning up the initial depreciation you knew about, you look more legit.
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In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.