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Old 11 July 2014, 13:49   #31
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When it comes to buying & selling, nobody will ever be happy. The vendor will always think that he's let it go too cheaply & the buyer will think he's had his leg lifted. That's just human nature, sometimes you gotta kiss a few frogs
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Old 11 July 2014, 13:50   #32
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simple, just charge 100 for a sea trial refundable against the sale. that covers costs for seller, and any serious buyer would know that 100 is nothing in the grand scheme of boat ownership. also if the buyer doesnt like the boat they should be happy at spending that money as it has prevented them from buying a boat they dont want. losing a deposit leaves a bitter taste with anyone, but this is a cost, so viewed a little differently.

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Old 11 July 2014, 14:02   #33
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Originally Posted by John Kennett View Post
But that's exactly to sort of sea trial this thread isn't about. Some people seem to think that anyone with a boat for sale should give them a go in it.
No disrespect Looey but no pay no play,if they are keen they will give you $ before they even get buy the water, same as a car or moterbike u dnt let them play before they pay, what abt if they smash or damage anything,its like straight off a 125 onto a r1 or 1098 duke its going to end in tears
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Old 11 July 2014, 14:17   #34
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Dunno where JK's post is, but I never said for a second that I wouldn't pay a deposit + costs for a demo! I said I wouldn't commit to buy without a demo/sea trial!

Oh and bikes are different again. I never let any one ride a bike off without the full cash in my hand. I ain't riding pillion with anyone, and I ain't letting some stranger ride off on my bike.
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Old 11 July 2014, 14:49   #35
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Originally Posted by Clamchowder View Post
I was really serious, and I may be again. I had a weekend available which is now no longer available, cos I'm going to go and play with the boat I've got. When I get back from Ireland mid-August, if it's still for sale then maybe we'll talk "privately".

I suspect though that he probably won't want to talk to me after all this, but I'm really not specifically having a go at Doug here, more at the principle of buying a boat you have no experience of which seems odd to me as a novice boat buyer. Having said that: last time I bought a car there were a lot of salesman who thought that because they'd let me drive them round the block, and I really do mean round the block, not really what I'd call a test drive, that I owed them a sale. So maybe it's me who is out of step.

Given how much time Ribnetters spend waxing lyrical about how important boat setup is, raising the engine a notch, having it set off center, moving the console around, you'd would have thought it would be essential to try it. Rather than just go "well it's an XS innit. They're all he same."
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Old 11 July 2014, 15:21   #36
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That sounds like a fair offer and compromise? Hopefully it'll work for you both, and the boat turns out to be the ideal one for you!

Good luck!

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