i don't doubt the seller is trying to thin out the morons. I have a long list of calls from idiots this year.
Yesterday alone I fielded three requests for survey on the same boat. Each told me they had already bought the damn thing. We are getting 8-10 calls a week from people who already bought the boat before they even knew they would need a survey for insurance. We got one call for a delivery .... 300' from the slip he bought the boat in to his new slip ... Same guy thought he'd bought the boat and the slip and was stunned at the $9k bill from the yacht club.
There is an absolutely incomprehensible buying frenzy and boats are getting astonishing prices . One Trojan 36 Tricabin I valued at $14k in 2005 just sold for $40k last week.