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Hello,

Its been my experience that the broker usually does the sea trial but the owner may be present as well. I have bought 4 boats from brokers, all surveyed and sea trialed, only 1 where the owner was present. When I sold my boats, I always operated the boat during the sea trial (but I never had a broker).

Regarding the actual operation, the surveyor will want to run the engine to stated max rpm, will test the motor mounts, should check the sails and sail handling gear, etc. Nothing irresponsible should be done, but if you were going to buy the boat you would want those things checked.

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Hey,

Very brief point: The Tachometer on a diesel may not be accurate. There are no spark plugs, so no pulses to count. Instead the tach is adjusted somewhere by someone and that's that.

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