Originally Posted by craigsduc
I have located a 81 Hat 55 on the west coast of fla owned by the original owners for almost 30 years. am told it is incredible in person and shows well on line. 1000 hrs on 1271s. 2000 lb davit. asking 185K . perhaps they are negotiable. might fly in Monday to preview. Opinions??
I'm sure those 1,000 hrs. are SMOH. Do you know how many MOHs?
am told it is incredible in person and shows well on line.
In person, 'incredible' can quickly turn into 'incredible for a 30 year old boat'. So don't believe a word of it, and never believe pictures. That's puffing in preparation of the negotiating process. I recently checked out a boat for a client whose description from the broker and pics were as you described. When I saw it, it was all too evident that the owner knew nothing about caring for a boat. SFs get used and abused (but hopefully cared for in a situation like you describe). Even if it looks good to you, don't believe it until the survey report. Do you know when the interior was last upgraded? As soon as you get on the plane you are invested. That puts you at a disadvantage in the negotiations. You should be able to knock $30K off that asking price easily.
Sorry to be a wet blanket, but better you have low expectations and get a good surprise than the other way around. Good luck.
P.S. my client bought a 2nd boat I checked out. Much more knowledgeable owner and much better kept, but still not even close to the description. That's sales.
P.S. Do you have someone local , knowledgeable and reliable who can preview it before you fly out? It would be a good idea.