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Buying a boat out of state

Old 10-04-2020, 04:34 PM
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Iím looking to purchase a boat next year and have been looking a little at what is out there. Iím in the Metro Detroit area and have seen a lot of boats out of state that are better priced. The selection seems better too. Is it ok to buy a boat from out of state without seeing it in person. Iíd have it surveyed. What would a ballpark cost of transporting a 26-28 ft boat 500-700 miles. Looking at signature, sundancer, fiesta Vee or a vista. Thanks
Old 10-05-2020, 12:00 PM
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Just me, but I would never buy a boat I hadn't seen. Too many surprises, even with a survey. Be sure you know what Michigan will require in order to title your boat when you bring it home. The requirements vary from state to state, esp. when you move a boat from one state to another.
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I bought my past 2 boats out of state. One of them was about 2.5 hours away, the other 6 hours away (by car)

If I'm that interested in a boat and thinking of buying it, I'll make the trip to go see it. Internet pictures don't really show enough and it is hard to see certain things.
When I hired the surveyors, I made the trip again and was there for the survey.

Figure on about $4/mile to transport a boat.
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Iíve bought 2 boats out of state. One 450 miles away the other 1000. Both times I looked at the boat. Had a survey on the 2nd one. Lots of pictures and questions before you go see the boat helps. I ALWAYS ride on a boat before I buy it new or used. I had a 26ft 6000 lbs boat with a trailer shipped for $1 per mile sept 2019.
Old 10-05-2020, 01:23 PM
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See the boat in person
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I bought mine in Florida (I live in NC) but drove down to sea trail it and bring it home with me before finalizing the deal.
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shipped a boat from KY to CA last month. 3 axle traile, 7500lb 29' OAL. Cost was $3500 for around 2200 miles. wasn't feasible to review prior to purchase. lots of pics and questions. i'm happy.
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Get a quote from Uship. I used it. Went well. Maybe 400 miles, about $3 per miles 2020. I didn’t have a trailer or anything. Needed tri-axle. No special width permits. I did go and examined the vessel with the surveyor. 5-6 hrs to inspect including sea trial. Do not skip that step. The hauler was a good communicator and I arranged the lift onto and off the his trailer at both original and destination marinas.
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1. Survey
2. Mechanical Inspection
3. Have the one who does the water test video the run. Video all the systems working and keep it on the water for at least 30 min of running HARD.

If all these steps show a "good bill of health" - rock on buy it. Transpo costs about 2.00 per mile one way.
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Iíve bought my last two boats from Florida unseen and had them shipped up north with zero issues. If you know what you want and have a good guy survey the engines and then a separate survey on the hull I donít see why not. My broker would have gone down there but Covid hit and flights/quarantine etc were a nightmare. The shipper I used was great. It was seamless and delivered on the day I wanted

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