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Re: Guidance On Potentially Buying A Sailboat A Long Distance From Home Port?
First, you have to go see it for yourself. You can ask the seller to send some pictures of specifics, even ask them what wear and tear you will see. It's as much a check of their honesty, when you do go see her. Also, understand how she was used, stored, etc. The story is more important than a spot inspection.
For $50k, you'll want a qualified surveyor. If you want to take your chances, you can have them meet you at your first visit, but you'll have to pay them a minimum, if you cancel the survey.
The right way to do this is to visit yourself first, make your offer, sign a contract, then hire a surveyor and go back for the survey (mandatory that you attend the survey). If you take your chances, the seller has no obligation to sell to you yet.
4.5 hr drive isn't so bad. Leave one night after work, arrive late to an inexpensive hotel, sleep and look the next morning. Drive home. One lost day. Same for survey.
What state are we talking about and what specific boat? If the drive is that long, the single handed delivery would take days. You could hire additional crew, or even a delivery skipper. You would also have to be careful with the delivery being the shakedown cruise. Things will break or fail.
I suspect the most economical is to hire a boat trucking company, if the vessel isn't too large. They can truck anything, but over a certain length, it starts incurring special road permits and escort vehicles. The biggest hassle with trucking is having to fully strip the decks: mast, lifelines, etc. But, your new to you boat will show up on schedule, unlike a delivery on her bottom.
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