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Re: Another Wet Ericson
Where did you get the photos that you posted? They do not appear in the ad. Right off the bat, I wouldn't trust the owner and the broker, David McKenney of Brewer Yacht Sales, of N. Kingstown, RI.
They deliberately avoided taking photos of any of the damaged areas and the broker lied in his ad saying: "This one has a new engine, sails, electronics and more. She has been well maintained."
She clearly has not been well maintained and they attempted to hide it. If I drove a distance to look at that boat and saw what they concealed, I'd be pissed.
And many people might say, "Oh, they all do that". But that is not true. I was looking at the ad for a boat in Muskegon Wisconsin and the photos included some close-ups of a couple of blemishes/chips in the keel, rudder and skeg. There were also some close-ups of some minor water staining on interior woodwork just below three of the portlights. Every bit of it was minor and repairable, $300 estimate by their own fiberglass shop for the hull, and the interior wood and portlights I would do myself. If I had been ready to pull the trigger, i would have bought that boat, from that broker.
I called the broker and complimented him on the obvious close-ups of the damaged areas and asked if there was anything else that was a negative on the boat. He told me that the photos showed the worst. I complemented him on his honest sales approach and he said, "It's a 30 year old used boat. Anybody who is serious will understand that boats of that age will likely have some issues. I see no benefit in concealing the negatives. People are going to see them when they come to look at the boat. Neglecting to show the damaged areas just wastes people's time in coming to see it, and wastes my time showing it. I think it's a good boat, we think the price is fair and reflects it's condition. The right person will appreciate it."
I have kept his name in my files, and when I'm ready to buy, I will be calling him first to check his inventory.
Last edited by midwesterner; 12-06-2018 at 05:01 PM.