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Old 05-16-2018, 04:25 PM
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Hi all, brand new to this online community. I stumbled upon it while doing an internet search for buying boats. I've already combed through several threads and understand there are mixed opinions about buying sight unseen so I don't want to beat a dead horse. Rather I wanted to see if my unique situation altered any of your recommendations, specifically about the surveryor and financing:

I'm looking for a boat to dock on lake Erie. Ideally a 23-25' CC w/ a single outboard. Unfortunately, all these used boats seem to be concentrated in the Carolinas & Florida. I work M-F so all the quality listings are usually off the market before I have time to coordinate my schedule to see them in person. That's why I'm leaning towards buying sight unseen. Having said that, all the boats on my radar are 2014 or newer and both the hull & motor are under manufacturer warranty. In addition, they are advertised as being in "boat show pristine" or "mint" condition. Now I know little about boats, but would hiring a marine surveyor or motor mechanic be a waste of money for this quality of boat? I plan on utilizing face time so the seller can demonstrate that the motor and all electronics are functioning properly.

Secondly, regarding face time I am torn about my options. There are personal loans that will just deposit a lump sum in my bank account so that when it comes time to do transaction, it'll essentially be like paying cash via bank-to-bank transfer. I'm worried though that if I miss something or something happens during transport and the boat is a POS when I get it in my possession, I'll be SOL b/c I already handed over the money. Whereas traditional financing where I pay the lender in monthly installments will better protect me in case the seller pulls something shady last minute. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks...
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Old 05-16-2018, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by RazzleDazzle View Post
Now I know little about boats, but would hiring a marine surveyor or motor mechanic be a waste of money for this quality of boat?
If you're not going to see the boat yourself, I would think the surveyor is essential - 4 years of neglect or 4 years of abuse could take its toll on a boat with stuff you can't see in photos (sometimes people use older photos from when the boat was newer to advertise a boat of course). If you're particularly picky about the cosmetics or any other aspect of the boat, brief the surveyor accordingly.
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Old 05-17-2018, 06:36 AM
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4 years of neglect or 4 years of abuse could take its toll on a boat with stuff you can't see in photos (sometimes people use older photos from when the boat was newer to advertise a boat of course).

Thanks Clinker, being the trusting & naive person that I am, i never thought about this.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:55 AM
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Don't buy a boat sight un seen and not sea trialed. It's just too complicated and fraught with trouble. Trust me you just never know what's going on when you can't verify the boat.
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