(This post is PG-13) I have some frustrations with folks who put their boats up for sale,,,,,then don’t do bend over backwards to make them sellable or get them sold,,,,,read on:
The link to the post above is literally the 5th post I had ever written and the blog had a total of two followers at the time. I used the post to vent a bit about this same topic. We had decided to survey a Wauquiez Amphritite 45 that had some challenges at the time of survey (like the roller furling didn’t furl) and the survey value came in less than our offer. The survey also pointed out deficiencies that needed correction. In light of this, we asked for a respectful survey allowance (money off the overall price of the boat) that the owner denied and we pulled out of the deal. However, we were out for all the costs of haul out and payment to the surveyor. In retrospect, I’m thinking the owner probably just wanted a survey done of his boat and probably didn’t really want to sell the boat at the time.
We’ve bought and sold a sailboat since then. Tulum IV was in great shape when we sold her and we did EVERYTHING the broker asked us to do in order to get her ready for sale and make her more sellable. We cleaned her, oiled her teak, cleaned out all spaces and power washed engine and bilge spaces, had the bottom painted, new sailcover made, new mattresses, new canvas dodger and a myriad of other things. The biggest thing is that even when hot wife lived on Tulum, we kept her in museum ready shape, nearly perfect every day that my wife left for work and on weekends in case anyone came to look at her. Eventually, this paid off and her forever buyer found her.
I’ve looked at a lot of sailboats in the last several months and get frustrated with folks who put their boats up for sale,,,,then don’t give a damn how they look while they’re for sale. REALLY,,,,have you ever looked at a bilge with 3-feet of something in it and tried to make a decision on whether that’s water with one drop of oil or oil with one drop of water? Does this make you motivated to see the diamond in the rough? Hell no! It frustrates me that I might be seeing a diamond in the rough but have to think past the oily bilge, smelly engine room and personal stuff on YOUR boat to see if there’s potential to buy it. It’s also hard to convince a smart and thinking wife that there might be potential,,,,,cause she can’t think past the equipment that supposed to make life easier on the boat,,,,but doesn’t work because you were too lazy to fix it before you put the boat on sale. All those repairs you didn’t do to your boat,,,,I understand (cause you’re selling your boat,,,,,and repairs are expensive) However,,,,there should be repairs on things that the spec sheet lists as operational. This shouldn’t even be a question. If someone has listed something in the spec sheet as operational and it’s bolted to the boat or a permanent piece of its gear, it should be operational or you as the buyer should have the owner bring it to operational working,,,,or ask for a survey allowance.
Utter fucking frustrations with boats I’ve seen for sale:
Lastly, there are reasons that these things don’t happen and it has nothing to do with laziness. Sometimes owners get sick or pass away and the family is left to cope with the sale of an unfamiliar boat possibly across the country at the mercy of a yacht broker they’ve never met. This happens. When we bought Tulum IV, one of the owners had passed sometime back and his wife was trying to get the boat sold. The boat was in good shape and ready to sell, but these things do happen. For those who have not passed or gotten very, very sick,,,,I still have my frustrations.