Well, sorry to relate Damn has been sold and I'm now big boatless for a bit, still retained a very small interest just to retain mooring 'til March but effectively she's now someone elses! Still got the race boat of course so not Cold Turkey quite yet !!
However I have been watching recent posts re boat selling and brokers etc with keen interest due to this situation. I think I can say that apart from one really superb broker and a delightful couple who purchased boat, the process is a bl88ding shambles.
When I see people asking why sellers leave their boat with kit on it when selling, I could have screamed, it's probably 'cos like me they have cleared, restocked, cleared, restocked the boat so many times and then driven halfway across the country for some arsehole to decide they couldn't be bothered that day to view boat or only came to have a nose and a jolly with no intention of buying. Or perhaps they, like us, delight in keeping the boat nice and yet then get the same arseholes asking you to consuder offers £20k under an already very reasonable price as theres a similar model (older, smaller engines, kept like cr8p) at such and such a marina!!
Then what about prices, we really studied what we should offer the boat at and then thought knock off a further 10 -15k to attract serious buyers and low and behold what do you get, even more arseholes making ridiculous offers, I mean truly ridiculous eg. put a 2003 F43, 550hours, all possible extras, TAMD74's, fully teaked etc up at 199k, always expecting an offer possibly including jetrib to clinch etc, so where does an offer of 140k come from ?? Then to make matters worse keep pestering the hell out of you about you can have deposit today, every other day and by the way they hadn't even visited or seen the boat !!
Have to tell you one set of brokers did my crunch completely. I haven't broadcast too much but suffered a pretty major problem with the old ticker earlier this summer and had to go and have emergency op etc and decided to convalesce on boat for a week, well I tell you, one brokerage (from the Hamble, ex Sealine years ago) nearly put me back in there, rare I lose it completely but they managed it alright!!
On a bright note though I cannot praise all at Hutchins Marine highly enough, Phil and his team there have been an absolute delight to deal with and straight as a die. From enquiry, to viewings, to deal making, to surveying, to final hand over / money dealings, all just an absolute pleasure. No wonder they were able to find such a cracking couple to purchase Damn and do a deal taht all were more than happy with. There is absolutely no doubt about it when I come back into the market after diesel fiasco is all done, I will buy through Hutchins Marine, simple as that!
So next time you think "why do vendors do such and such?" just remember that they are having to deal with the Great British public and probably like me found them, in the main, to be a complete pain in the Butt! Except for the odd exception of course, just try and ensure that you are that exception??
Regards to all. Paul P