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Re: Did I break boat buying etiquette?
This one is hard to figure out without being there. Your asking about protocol, so here's MHO.
On the one hand, I've personally witnessed brokers at a boat show shun a friend of mine. We were clean, not scruffy, but in jeans and t-shirts. My buddy could have afforded any boat in the show, and was seriously shopping at the time. Not smart. The good brokers know better.
On the other hand, after buying too many boats, my tendency is to start with the bilge and the engine and ignore the pretty stuff until that passes a cursory inspection. I would ask a broker's permission before lifting floor boards, and removing companionway ladders to get at stuff, as it might be viewed as somewhat intrusive. I've even got the plastic mallet. Again I'd ask permission first, as it could be viewed as destructive if the broker wasn't sure of buyer's abilities. I've never had a broker say no, but I've been clear about my intension to not harm the seller's property, and clear that I'm doing the a quick pass to determine if the boat is worth further examination, not the full survey. And, I'm only this looking close because I'm very serious about this boat.
Good luck on your continued shopping.