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Old 05-11-2013, 07:52 PM
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Basically, once they have paid for the boat, you really have nothing else to worry about.
If you haven't already been paid via PayPal, you should definitely insist on cash or money order.
If it was PayPal, I hope you didn't make any claims in the ad that might give him grounds for a refund.
If anything was misrepresented, PayPal can give him back all or a portion of the purchase price and it will be recovered from you.

The buyer may want to replace/repack bearings and maybe replace the tires, but again, that is not your concern unless you said something like "trailer is like new" or something equating to a warranty or guarantee.

I bought my boat from only 250 miles away, but I also had my brother who lived 30 miles from the boat check it out in person before I made the deal.
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Originally Posted by 1997MAKO231 View Post
I had a $100 deposit via paypal , the balance is requested to be cash in person on the day of , or to mail a bank check which would have to be cleared prior to them even leaving their home.

How does that sound?
Sounds like you sold your boat..
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Why do you seem surprised about the buyer asking for the ball size?
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:46 AM
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I sold my Boston Whaler on Craig's list. I only listed it locally but a guy found it and traveled roughly 850 miles from Miami FL to Mississippi gulf coast to get it sight unseen. I too was a little skeptical but it worked out just fine. I also have traveled to Miami and bought a boat but I had mine shipped back. It wouldn't bother me at all to buy a boat a couple thousand miles away and ship it back. I try to limit my search to east of the Mississippi River.
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Yep, I did 2,000 miles round trip to pick up mine, from the Panhandle of Florida to Frederick, MD to Deal, MD, back to the Panhandle. And I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
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why the surprise?? how else was he getting it home?
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Glad to hear you were able to sell you '67. I would not worry about the buyer's trip home-he should be prepared with a spare set of bearings, tools and tires for a trip like that, if not it's on him. I've been sitting on the fence about selling my '67 Nauset-love it but don't use it enough so I just put her in storage so I can think some more about it!
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I had a $100 deposit via paypal , the balance is requested to be cash in person on the day of , or to mail a bank check which would have to be cleared prior to them even leaving their home.

How does that sound?
With a deposit of what a decent dinner would cost, don't be surprised if he puts a pencil to the travel costs (more than $600)and decides to pass on the deal.

Ask for a larger deposit next time. Anybody would put up $500 deposit on a purchase that size, and if you want him to call it a gift, you'll avoid PP fees.

Anyway, 3.3% of 500 isn't going to break the bank, and it gives you a much stronger comfort level. I share your concern that the buyer would actually go through with the deal...unless the price is smokin' good.
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Originally Posted by 1997MAKO231 View Post
I just sold my 1967 Boston Whaler on ebay, just barely met my reserve of $7000 (not a number I wanted but I was hoping to generate more bids by dropping reserve on the last day)

To make a long story short, the buyer lives near the Georgia/NC border....Im from MA.

Total distance is 1000 miles each way!

The buyer says that they will be coming up next weekend and wants to know what size ball the trailer is (WHAT!?)

What are the chances this ends poorly? The longest trip I had with the trailer is about 200 miles, the buyer wants to take her 5x that distance.

Has anyone had a similar buying/selling experience? Id like to think this will all work out, but if it were me I would never buy a boat sight unseen 1000miles away and drive 2,000 miles roundtrip to get it.
I don't know, maybe Im just a wimp when it comes to long distance trailering?
Grease the hubs, inflate the tires, make sure the lights work, and suggest he travel with a grease gun, a couple cams of fix a flat, and an extra jack. Make sure the bill of sale states "as is", and make sure his check clears before he drives away with the boat (personally I'd demand cash).
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Get two copies of the Bill of Sale, signed by both of you. Once you get the cash, and both copies are signed, shake his hand, help him connect the trailer to his truck, wave as he drives away.

Take your wife out to dinner, and relaxxxx.
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Happens all the time, my neighbor just sold an express cruiser on ebay sight unseen. Not my style as a buyer but surely seems to be the way some folks do business. Congrats!!

I do agree with Bamaboy though... My deposit would have been $500 to ensure he shows up.

I personally would be bending over backwards trying to make sure the trailer is good to go upon his arrival. (Greasing hubs, checking lighting, sending ball measurements etc.)
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I would send him the tire size and bearing/hub specs along with the ball size. 1000 isn't that long of a trip and it sounds like you feel he got a good deal. $500 deposit minimum next time.

Worst case you get to keep his $100 and report him as a bad bidder.

You really don't have that much to loose at this point unless you really need the boat gone.
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What's wrong with asking what size the hitch ball of the trailer is ? Your trailer might be a 2 inch and he has a 1 7/8 ball.
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ditto with my '67 Whaler, my buyer (ebay) was 1500 miles and change (Rhode Island), we discussed payment terms (wire transfer) fedex-ed him signed title and all paperwork after funds confirmed in my account and was expecting him to tow it all the way back to RI

But he asked me to dropped the boat off at G&G Shipping in Fort Lauderdale to be shipped to his vacation house in Abaco...

Went smoother than I expected...and I never got to meet him in person
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The buyer says that they will be coming up next weekend and wants to know what size ball the trailer is (WHAT!?)
I guess you want him to drive a 1000 miles, then drive all over gods creation looking for the right size trailer ball, then drive the rest away around looking for the right size wrench

I would back right out of the deal if I were him, either you are scamming or shouldn't have a boat on a trailer

Trust me, I know you are real and not a scammer, but lucky you never spilled it on the road, since you don't even know that there are different size trailer balls???
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I'm in Louisiana. I've purchased a boat from Key West FL, Charleston SC, and Greenwich CN... The digital age is here and shopping is national, sometimes international. I'd travel the US to look for a boat that is in good shape and fits my needs before I overpay and settle for a local boat that does not. Plus the whalers bring a premium on the East coast.

I have a 911 turbo being delivered from Utah today.. My old Boxster sold on ebay and got shipped to Germany (the country of origin).. that is crazy to me but the delivery costs were a fraction of the savings of the cheap US dollar at the time.

500 is a fair deposit, don't raise it next time. If you asked for more you will scare away normal people who would then think you are the scammer. And don't ask for a paypal "gift" to save 15 dollars, it would be viewed as sketchy and the buyer would loose all recourse should the boat not exist.. plus paypal eliminated the free gift transfers, it's either paid by one party or the other. You are doing it right.. just get over the trailer ball issue and tell him what size trailer ball it takes?
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Happens all the time.

When my boat was stolen about 4 years ago and recovered, a guy drove from NJ to FL to pick up the stripped hull and trailer that sold on Ebay.
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As a buyer, I bought a car in Florida, flew down, and picked it up. From Michigan.
Next one was from Texas - sight unseen other than the pix, had it shipped.
Third from Cali, had it shipped.

If somebody wants something bad enough, you'd be surprised what we would do.

Help the guy out. Grease it, check the electric, tighten the fasteners. If it were, me, I'd buy the guy an inexpensive grease gun. And a spare tire. You can buy a rim and tire dirt cheap at Walmart or Costco.
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