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Old 29 August 2017, 02:33   #1
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If you snooze you loose - Truth v the Theory

There is much discussed on here about the best way to buy a boat, Including Sea Trials, Deposits, Engine and hull surveys and lots of paperwork checks and quite a lot of other theory. Well my experience yesterday chucks this all in the bin. I accept the boat in question a 17 year old Maxum 2400 scr priced at £20k is at the lower end of the price range.
Here is the story in short:
Let me first say the boat was not under priced but was in decent order with a high spec of add ons.
1) Saw boat on ebay advertised at £19,950. Contacted the guy through ebay on Friday (August Bank Holiday) and got a reply from him on Saturday. Spoke on the phone on Sunday and we agreed that I would view the boat (10 hr round trip from where I was) on Monday. He also informed me he had lots of interest in the boat and put another guy off to give me first refusal (The seller was very nice and I thought very genuine)
2) Arrived at marina to view the boat on Monday at 3pm with her in doors and had a normal cursory look over the boat. I was informed that he had 153 people 'watching' the boat on ebay which was correct and 4 people waiting to view but I was given first refusal. Now I know many of you will tell me these are all sales techniques but he was genuine I can assure you.
3) While we were viewing the boat a guy turned up (I assume one of the 4) and sort of tried to butt in as another buyer. This made the seller and me feel quite uncomfortable, but the seller asked him to leave/wait a while which he did.
4) I agreed a price with the seller of £20,000 to include the trailer should I wish to actually purchase and said I needed to discuss with my wife on the way home and would give him a definite answer that night when we got home. (This would be after 9pm as bank holiday traffic was terrible).
5) Just as we got home I received a very nicely worded text from the seller apologising but informing me that the other chap had turned up again and paid a £5000 deposit on the spot. I have no idea what he agreed to pay in total.
6) I do not blame the seller at all but this is a lesson learned. If you snooze you loose.....................................and as for all those checks you are supposed to do no time to even think let alone do as so many suggest on here.
The market is certainly changing or it was on this boat. A real life up to date experience, might be typical might not.

I have also had similar happen lately with 2 Rib purchases I tried to make

Dennis
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Old 29 August 2017, 02:39   #2
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I just sold a 2000 Maxum 2400scr in very good nick for five grand less than that so I think you had a narrow squeak! There are others with brokers well under £20k
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Old 29 August 2017, 02:56   #3
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Of course your good buy wouldn't be a good buy if the engine didn't run right under load or had a drive problem
The new lucky owner might be crying all the way to the bank after his first run
It still remains that without a full sea trial and full inspection you could be in for a nightmare
Just because something looks and seems a bargain doesn't mean it's sensible to bypass the golden rules of buying to jump into a "bargain"
There's every chance your bargain may turn into a nightmare
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Old 29 August 2017, 03:14   #4
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Of course your good buy wouldn't be a good buy if the engine didn't run right under load or had a drive problem
The new lucky owner might be crying all the way to the bank after his first run
It still remains that without a full sea trial and full inspection you could be in for a nightmare
Just because something looks and seems a bargain doesn't mean it's sensible to bypass the golden rules of buying to jump into a "bargain"
There's every chance your bargain may turn into a nightmare
^^^^^This.
Would you buy a used car without a proper & thorough check including a test drive? Many do & forums are well stocked with tales of woe as a result.
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There is much discussed on here about the best way to buy a boat, Including Sea Trials, Deposits, Engine and hull surveys and lots of paperwork checks and quite a lot of other theory. Well my experience yesterday chucks this all in the bin. I accept the boat in question a 17 year old Maxum 2400 scr priced at £20k is at the lower end of the price range.
Here is the story in short:
Let me first say the boat was not under priced but was in decent order with a high spec of add ons.
1) Saw boat on ebay advertised at £19,950. Contacted the guy through ebay on Friday (August Bank Holiday) and got a reply from him on Saturday. Spoke on the phone on Sunday and we agreed that I would view the boat (10 hr round trip from where I was) on Monday. He also informed me he had lots of interest in the boat and put another guy off to give me first refusal (The seller was very nice and I thought very genuine)
2) Arrived at marina to view the boat on Monday at 3pm with her in doors and had a normal cursory look over the boat. I was informed that he had 153 people 'watching' the boat on ebay which was correct and 4 people waiting to view but I was given first refusal. Now I know many of you will tell me these are all sales techniques but he was genuine I can assure you.
3) While we were viewing the boat a guy turned up (I assume one of the 4) and sort of tried to butt in as another buyer. This made the seller and me feel quite uncomfortable, but the seller asked him to leave/wait a while which he did.
4) I agreed a price with the seller of £20,000 to include the trailer should I wish to actually purchase and said I needed to discuss with my wife on the way home and would give him a definite answer that night when we got home. (This would be after 9pm as bank holiday traffic was terrible).
5) Just as we got home I received a very nicely worded text from the seller apologising but informing me that the other chap had turned up again and paid a £5000 deposit on the spot. I have no idea what he agreed to pay in total.
6) I do not blame the seller at all but this is a lesson learned. If you snooze you loose.....................................and as for all those checks you are supposed to do no time to even think let alone do as so many suggest on here.
The market is certainly changing or it was on this boat. A real life up to date experience, might be typical might not.

I have also had similar happen lately with 2 Rib purchases I tried to make

Dennis


On the other hand, the other guy might have just paid over the odds for a lemon.
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Old 29 August 2017, 03:32   #6
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Much of what you are saying is true. The important message however is that there are people prepared to 'Jump in with both feet' and a limited supply so if you want to buy and follow the good advice you just might end up never buying. It is not a buyers market as so many seem to believe


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I think you were REALLY lucky.

You very nearly bought a Maxxum...
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Always another Boat!
You may even have dodged a Bullet..if there's a moral to this on surely it's do enough Homwork ..and have sufficient knowledge to BE SURE ...BEFORE you look/trial ...AND carry some Cash for a deposite

I'm sure you'll find something as good or better,with a little time and reflection you're preferences may even change.
Good luck with the Hunt...and try to enjoy it.
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I think you were REALLY lucky.



You very nearly bought a Maxxum...


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Have you seen this at Abersoch Land & Sea ?
http://abersochlandandsea.com/boats-...ngdom-6256692/
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