Wow, this thread has certainly made a dull monday a little bit brighter!
Peter, don't pack your bags just ignore comments that wind you up.
I have just been through a boat purchase and had to deal with some brokers (not any brokers who are ribnet members). It wasn't a good experience as I eventually bought from a private seller but from a buyer perspective I really cannot see the benefit of buying through the broker for the following reasons:
1.) You don't get any warranty or guarantee just like purchasing from a private buyer
2.) The broker is constantly going backwards and forwards between the seller and the potential buyer as they don't have all of the information
3.) The broker wants a cut so either the seller loses out to pay the commission or the buyer is paying over the odds to cover the commission.
So from a buyer perspective the boat broker is just like an estate agent
unless I missing something, if so please enlighten me.