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Old 05-17-2018, 07:48 AM
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I'm buying a brand-new boat, and the dealer said that after I complete the purchase they will go out on the boat with me and basically do a sea trial and show me how things work on the boat. Is this the normal way it happens when buying a new boat? It's my first time buying new, so I don't know really know, but it seems like I should be able to do a sea trial before taking ownership of the boat, in order to make sure it doesn't have problems.

What's everyone's experience with this?
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Most dealers will take you out for a run through on your new boat. What brand are you buying?
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Will they do it before you close the transaction, or only after? What if it turns out the boat is a lemon and has a major leak, but you've already taken ownership? That's a worst case scenario, of course, but there are various things that could need fixing or tweaking before you want to take ownership. Like when you buy a house, there's a chance to do an inspection before sealing the deal.

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They do checkout after you buy. I'm a believer in paying for a marine surveyor to inspect boat before payment. Lots of guys say no on new boat. To me it is cheap insurance policy for big investment

Again, what brand of boat?
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It's your money - right up until you hand it over to them. They need to sell the boat a lot more than you need to buy it. Tell them you'll pay them AFTER you take it out, Once you give them the money, you have no leverage - new or not.
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I was able to take the boat I just bought out on a sea trial before I closed the deal. Tell them you aren't buying anything without riding in it first.
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It's your money - right up until you hand it over to them. They need to sell the boat a lot more than you need to buy it. Tell them you'll pay them AFTER you take it out, Once you give them the money, you have no leverage - new or not.
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Would you by a new car without driving it first. Same with a boat. No sea trial no deal.
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Ask the dealer are trying hide something lets go for a ride first the boat might not ride great in your opinion.
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We did a full sea trial before I closed on my Nordhavn 76.
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I like to make sure that the boat rides high and dry and like to feel how it vibrates coming over a wave. Of coarse this should be done prior to making an offer on a new boat.
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The pre-purchase sea trial and post-purchase orientation are two different things. Most contracts that I am familiar with are contingent upon completion of a satisfactory sea trial.
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You should run it before you close.
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Thanks for all the comments so far. I definitely want to do a sea trial before closing, and now I know it's a common thing to do -- in case the dealer tries to tell me it's not necessary, not usually done, or whatever.

So...should I also get a survey of the boat? I definitely would get a marine surveyor if it was a used boat. Just don't know if it's commonly done with new boats. It's 22-foot center console.
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Shouldn't be a problem to do a sea trial before closing.

You should be able to check if everything is working properly but a survey is up to you.

If it's a new boat, everything should be under warranty.
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Thanks for all the comments so far. I definitely want to do a sea trial before closing, and now I know it's a common thing to do -- in case the dealer tries to tell me it's not necessary, not usually done, or whatever.

So...should I also get a survey of the boat? I definitely would get a marine surveyor if it was a used boat. Just don't know if it's commonly done with new boats. It's 22-foot center console.
Definitely get a survey.
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Thanks for all the comments so far. I definitely want to do a sea trial before closing, and now I know it's a common thing to do -- in case the dealer tries to tell me it's not necessary, not usually done, or whatever.

So...should I also get a survey of the boat? I definitely would get a marine surveyor if it was a used boat. Just don't know if it's commonly done with new boats. It's 22-foot center console.
Surveyor expense well worth the cost. Nice to know if you have items that need to be handled before it leaves the dealer and eliminate time lost during season
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I think that the survey for a new boat should be done dependent upon the manufacturer. For top tier like SeaVee, Contender, Yellowfin, Invincible, etc., definitely do not get a survey. The requirement to survey goes up as the build quality goes down. I would post the boat that you are purchasing and ask the group.
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I think that the survey for a new boat should be done dependent upon the manufacturer. For top tier like SeaVee, Contender, Yellowfin, Invincible, etc., definitely do not get a survey. The requirement to survey goes up as the build quality goes down. I would post the boat that you are purchasing and ask the group.
I agree. I asked twice for brand but didn't get answer. I presumed it is not top tier.
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The pre-purchase sea trial and post-purchase orientation are two different things. Most contracts that I am familiar with are contingent upon completion of a satisfactory sea trial.
This is your best advice. Leave a deposit, Have in writing on contract that deposit is refundable. When you get your financing (if going that route) approved, Have in writing that final sale / purchase is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory sea trail to the purchaser. I also suggest you drive the boat a bit in open water on a crappy day to test how the boat rides in a sloppy sea. On a calm flat day even a bayliner rides nice.
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