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I plan to buy a used motor boat this winter, somewhere between 22-28' in length.
How does one go about this in a New England winter where all boats are drydocked and winterized. It does not seem reasonable to ask an owner to get out their winter ski parka and launch their boat for me but it also seems nuts to buy a boat without a sea trial.
What's common operating practice with this issue?
If a trial run were out of the question. I would Talk to the owner and ask for any service records and or repair invoices on said boat. Ask reason for selling etc. If the boat seemed to have had a lot of repairs or shop calls. I would have a competent mechanic inspect it for me. I would also talk to the tech who did any repairs on a given boat if possible build a history on the boat, and go from there. Steer clear of people who seem uneasy or skirt your questions without giving solid answers. Good Luck
Thanks for the tips guys. I've found a Carver Santa Cruz where the owner is will to take a 10% deposit subject to a survey in the spring where the boat can be run on the boat yard.
I think I need to talk with a surveyor about the pro/cons of that. I'm real uncomfortable about not doing a sea trial but then again would like to get these winter prices.
Another suggestion, ask the owner if they have -- and may you review -- a Marine Survey on the vessel. Larger boats tend to have Yacht Insurance Policies, the insurance companies generally require a survey every 3 to 5 years.
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