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Old 07-17-2016, 06:33 AM   #1
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My first post.
I submitted an offer, seller accepted and seatrial then survey is in a few days. We love the boat but its our first big boat. I've had 3 previous smaller lake boats over the years. Moving to ocean now.

This is a new ballgame and wondering if I'm in over my head.
This boat is costing us a lot along with expensive san diego slip fees but thats all ok. Its the maintenance i'm worried about. As it sits, I am pretty confident the boat needs nothing. The sellers were very particular with it in every way.

I'm considering going for the 6pk captains license right off the bat. I have a ton to learn! Never even handled a twin engine boat before.

anyway, wish me luck!
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Hope it works out and enjoy her.
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Old 07-17-2016, 03:04 PM   #3
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Once you get the hang of it, twin engine is actually much easier.
LISTEN to your surveyor! Do not be afraid to walk away if bad things come up.

You may consider videotaping the entire survey including having the seller walk you through every system on the boat. The video may be a good reference if you forget something later on.
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Old 07-17-2016, 04:26 PM   #4
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Thanks!

Yeah, we came in at about the max we'd like to spend so if the survey brings up anything major that the seller won't cover then I may back out. But to be honest, the boat looked 2 years old, not 17. I think they were very good at maintaining so I'm not expecting anything big. All servicing was just done (engines, cooling system,etc)

Good idea on the video recording. I'm actually going to hire a captain for 3 days and "teach" me everything I'd ever want to know once the deal is done. I'll have my 15 yr old son there as a backup for my aging memory.

I'm really excited about this! Its something I've been wanting to do for 20 years.
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Old 07-17-2016, 04:37 PM   #5
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If there is any evidence of rot, anywhere, run away! I was in a similar position to you, very excited and pretty much maxed out. Overlooked a few small things in my excitement to get the boat. One was some minor evidence of rot.

Turns out that was just the tip of the iceberg, and I've almost paid for the boat a second time getting it repaired.
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Good advice! I just googled it and read about it all. Aside from my rookie eyes/knowledge I guess I am at the mercy of the guy doing the survey. I'll do some more research online on what to look for myself.

The whole reason I am spending more than I wanted to is because I want a turn-key boat. Of course I realize boats are money pits and always need something but when I say turn key I mean I don't have to dump $5k in it any time soon. This is the cleanest boat I've seen & I think the owners know it by the money they've dumped into it.

I'm listening to some advise someone told me awhile ago

1) no matter the age or visual appearance. Find a boat that has records of the maintenance. Good maintenance is the key.
2) buy your 2nd boat the first time. I think most boat owners will know what this means.
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I WISH it was only $5k....
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Old 07-17-2016, 07:10 PM   #8
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I WISH it was only $5k....


I just can't imagine buying a boat and finding out it needs $20k,$40k, $70k of repairs! My wife would flip out.

It makes me wonder if the surveyor has any responsibility when something like this happens. We're not paying them to "kind of" find problems. They NEED to find the problems.
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I'm in an extra $25k. It has definitely added some stress to our relationship. I'm just now getting her interested in being on the boat again.

No, the surveyor has no responsibility. They make that pretty clear in their disclaimers.
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Old 07-17-2016, 07:44 PM   #10
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ok, well $25k isn't terrible I suppose. It stings, yes, but once done and you are enjoying the boat it's probably forgettable. I like to forget the negative things in my life quickly!

Part of getting this boat was me deciding I didn't want to be a dying old man with plenty of money in the bank. I'd rather have memories with friends/family than "sound investments" that I can't enjoy. As long as I can pass some things onto my kids I'm happy.

I love being outside, on the water, having my son learn and help out, fishing, etc and essentially I am buying happiness! Not that I'm unhappy with out it all, it just makes life even better & when I'm old I can look back and say that I lived.
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