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Old 06-19-2016, 10:49 PM
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Anyone ever buy a used boat without water testing?

My friend found a clean flightcraft for sale locally for 10k. Guy says he won't water test it cause it's a liability if he gets hurt on the boat. I told him to run away from that and he's surely hiding something.
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Old 06-19-2016, 10:53 PM
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If I was going to buy a boat without a water test, it wouldn't be from a seller that said I couldn't water test it.
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Old 06-19-2016, 10:56 PM
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My friend found a clean flightcraft for sale locally for 10k. Guy says he won't water test it cause it's a liability if he gets hurt on the boat. I told him to run away from that and he's surely hiding something.
Yes, but from a dealer that I trusted and the boat had a warranty so I knew any issues would be addressed. I've also had to put down a deposit at a different dealer before they would agree to a water test. My opinion is that a water test is always the best option.

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Old 06-19-2016, 11:45 PM
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Yea, I would run away.
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Old 06-20-2016, 12:45 AM
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Old 06-20-2016, 12:49 AM
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We sold our last one w/o a water test b/c it was raining when the guy drove in from our of state to pick it up. But since we were adamant that he could water test it with us even in the rain (because it ran great and we had nothing to hide) he opted not to. It was said above- You can buy one w/o a water test- but it better be from someone who says they will do it.


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Old 06-20-2016, 01:06 AM
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I bought my boat without a water test but had a boat mechanic do a full inspection on it before buying.
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:15 AM
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I have offered a water test to every boat I have sold, yet I've only water tested two of the five boats I Bought.
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:31 AM
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No water test on any of the boats I've bought or sold. One I bought on Ebay in the dead of winter, 1500 miles away.
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:50 AM
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It can be ok not to water test, but if someone is adamant that you cannot, something is off.

FWIW: With larger boats (30 feet and up, think big cruisers) the usual sequence of events after looking over the boat and deciding to buy it would be a hull survey and usually a mechanical survey. Anything found in the two surveys that isn't a dealbreaker can be used as a negotiating point. If the buyer and seller reach an agreement on price, then a water test is done to confirm the boat is as promised. Granted, with the smaller boats we have on here all those steps are overkill, but the part that might apply here is a water test once an agreement is made.
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