Buying a Boat Out of State - Checklist
Not sure how this blog works, but wanted to begin my boating journey by thinking through buying a boat out of state.
We've put a deposit down on a boat that currently sits in St. Petersburg, FL. We live in Temecula, CA, near San Diego. The boat in question is a Four Winns v305 - and it's a beauty. And there are several serious areas of concern as we work through the purchase. I wrote more about buying a boat out of state on myboating.news, but here's a rundown of the considerations.
- We actually need to see the boat. It's an amazing deal, which raises further concerns, right? You get what you pay for. So, we'll be traveling out to FL for a sea test.
- The survey. We searched online forever and found a surveyor in FL that we believe, based on reviews and several phone calls, that we can trust. We need to be there when the survey happens. Too many horror stories about surveyors not doing their jobs.
- Any repairs needed will probably need to happen here, locally, so we need to line up an authorized Volvo Penta dealer in San Diego.
- Finding a slip in San Diego harbor - gotta find one and juggle dates, confirming the slip prior to the boat getting here while not committing too early.
- Shipping! Arranging to ship from FL to CA - expensive! And we need a reliable shipper who is bonded, insured and not going to stick it to us on price.
- So many other things to consider - financing - lining it all up, getting documentation to all relevant parties.
- The main thing - who can you trust?
So these are just a few of the considerations.