Today I started the process of buying a boat. Much like putting in a offer for a house, the back and forth to come to an agreed value of the boat between purchaser and vendor is equally as nerve racking, and the similarity between estate agent and broker is uncanny, in many ways.
The guys at Burton Waters were very efficient given the fact that this was probably pocket change compared to the other boats for sale. The bartering went back and forth a bit, the age old ‘Ah we had a couple come back today to have another look at the boat’ was used by BW, whether this was true or not I’ll never know, however if the boat had been on the market for 10 years, the chances of a bidding war with another buyer would have been the worst possible luck. Anyway my impatience got the better of me and an offer was accepted, £500 less than advertised. A small win, but a win none-the-less.
Two conditions of sale were that I should be able to take the boat out for a sea trial, and that the survey should obviously not throw up any major issues.
It was all down to the surveyor next. I called up boat surveyors in the vicinity of Ipswich. I can’t remember how much it cost exactly, but it was around the £500 mark. I told the surveyor that I wanted to be there when he surveyed the boat as I was a complete noob, so anything that I could pick up from his years of surveying would be very much appreciated, and of course I would keep out of his way when required. This was agreed upon and was a great reassurance. I recommend doing this to all new boat buyers.
The report came back, everything was fine with only a few suggestions which related to additional jubilee clips on hoses, though nothing to worry about.