Originally Posted by Dry Run
I think you've been too long in Ireland my friend
The clarification was "reputable" - otherwise I might agree!
That was quite good, two Oxymorons in one post
Seriously though - do you really mean that a boat broker (a beneficiary of the sale) would fulfill the same function as a Marine Surveyor/inspector/mechanic? Surely there is a conflict of interest there somewhere?
You seem to be suggesting that people should dispense with the services of marine surveyors in favour of buying from an "honest John" broker. Who are the reputable brokers? Are they certified or inspected for "reputation"?
Now, if a broker was offering me a warranty, instead of the usual telephone book's worth of legalese cop-out weasel words, then I might have more confidence in trusting him to sell me a good 'un.