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Old 15 March 2017, 09:26   #1
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Boat sale tale

Just to prove the world ain't all bad.
As some of you will know, Black Pig, my 6.4 Ribcraft has been up for sale for a while, just over 2 years in fact. I've had plenty of interest, but mostly from dreamers with Champagne tastes & beer money. The boat was a difficult configuration to sell, being laid out for diving, with a central helm position & one jockey seat. The twin Etecs also put off the less well informed & those who tend to believe hearsay rather than fact, but that's an argument to have another day
So, a couple of weeks ago I received an email from a gent in Germany expressing interest in the boat, it ticked all his boxes & with the current - exchange rate, represented good value. However payment was always going to be an issue, he had Euros, I wanted Sterling, he was arriving on a Saturday when the banks were closed, I didn't want a bag full of cash which could prove to be counterfeit, etc etc.
Unbelievably he offered to transfer 80% of the asking price into my account to clear prior to his arrival in the UK!! This was on condition that I promised to pay the deposit back, should the sale not go through. I was immediately on my guard thinking that there must be a scam brewing somewhere, I just couldn't see where it was. But last week, a chunk of money arrived in my bank account, the chap arrived from Germany last weekend, liked what he saw & transferred the balance via internet banking into our account & I released the boat. I was taking a chance on releasing the boat as the balance wouldn't clear until the following Tuesday (yesterday) which it did, but he had taken a bigger leap of faith by sending a complete stranger XXk, to a foreign country A braver man than me, for sure. So all worked out in the end, there are some good people out there.
I wouldn't recommend anyone to purchase anything the way this chap did, fortunately for him he was dealing with an honest Yorkshireman
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Old 15 March 2017, 10:22   #2
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Selling and buying abroad isn't that much of a hassle you just need to have a little faith and be carefull.I've bought 2 boats from the US albeit from companies and took their word and the pictures for the condition of both the first was just into 5 figures but the second was substantially more than my first house cost I was very happy with both boats.
I also sold a boat to a guy in Finland and had to wait for the sea to thaw before he could take delivery into Helsinki,again that transaction was straightforward
Although the sale was handled by a broker
Not all international deals are scams
although there are a few!
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Old 15 March 2017, 10:25   #3
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Fortunately for You!....they don't know ABOUT Yorkshiremen in Germany!
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Old 15 March 2017, 10:29   #4
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Presumably he never translated "Pikey"
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I've had plenty of interest, but mostly from dreamers with Champagne tastes & beer money.
One of them was also sniffing around mine but I presume he got pretty much the same reply

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Presumably he never translated "Pikey"


Oi! I resemble that remark
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One of them was also sniffing around mine but I presume he got pretty much the same reply
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good result Dave nice to hear a good story for once
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As some of you will know, Black Pig, my 6.4 Ribcraft has been up for sale for a while, just over 2 years in fact.
IMO, the vast majority of deals go down not unlike this. Most people are honest - that's how the chancers manage to con us occasionally. Nice to see BP sold - there's a lid for every pot!

I have a friend about to sell his twin rig - he's local RNLI crew. He's worried no-one will buy her. I tried to explain that it can take a bit of time for the right buyer to come along - twin engine rigs have a limited following, but then, they are in limited supply. His is a FRM6.5m with twin Merc 60s circa 1998. Tube still in very good nick last time I saw her so fingers crossed...
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Old 15 March 2017, 11:24   #10
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IMO, the vast majority of deals go down not unlike this. Most people are honest - that's how the chancers manage to con us occasionally. Nice to see BP sold - there's a lid for every pot!

I have a friend about to sell his twin rig - he's local RNLI crew. He's worried no-one will buy her. I tried to explain that it can take a bit of time for the right buyer to come along - twin engine rigs have a limited following, but then, they are in limited supply. His is a FRM6.5m with twin Merc 60s circa 1998. Tube still in very good nick last time I saw her so fingers crossed...


Most of the interest for BP was because she was a twin rig. The biggest drawback to her selling was the layout, most people wanted 6 seats or more. Divers are going down the charter hard boat route now, as diving gets more "technical" divers prefer the space & stability offered by charter boats, diver lifts are becoming the norm too. I can't see a well cared for twin setup with a conventional layout being difficult to sell, especially on the west coast.
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