A survey is considered by most buyers to be essential to check the condition of the boat and its engine/equipment. Although the vessel appears to be in excellent condition, an investigation is nevertheless a reasonable precautionary measure. You also have access to free legal advice, whether they speak directly to someone about a particular request or use the full content of the RYA website that tackles every step of the boat purchase. The buyer may, on the basis of the results of the investigation, withdraw from the purchase or renegotiate the price of the vessel or require the seller to correct the defects at his own expense before the contract is concluded. RYA`s legal team has equally important resources and experience to assist in the sale, purchase of a new boat, purchase or sell through a broker, purchase or sell abroad. «While the law offers limited protection to buyers of privately sold used boats, the general rule is «caveat emptor – buyers pay attention,»» Gus says. To learn more about how the RYA subscription is made when buying or selling a boat www.rya.org.uk/joinrenew top 10 things you need to think about when buying a used boat If a survey is not planned, If the boat is particularly expensive or if the sale is complex, it may be necessary: Changes to the agreement, possibly with legal aid RYA members can download a full RYA sales and purchase package, including a step-by-step guide to buying and selling a boat, from the RYA website, as well as a Beware buyer brochure goes through the normal pattern of a sale and hedging of common problems and pitfalls that occur such as checking if the seller is the owner and determining whether it is a mortgage or link on the boat. «Buying a used boat can be a pretty big investment, but despite the cost, the legal side of buying a boat can be as simple as buying a newspaper! In this context, it`s useful to do a few basic tests before you part with your money and actually commit to buying,» says Mandy Peters, rya`s legal manager. 6) Have you found a suitable marine surveyor to check the boat, its engine and equipment in the sale? Once you have found your dream boat, it would be wise with an investment of this size to proceed with caution to ensure that you avoid all potentially costly shortcuts. Attention to the next steps will help ensure that your purchase goes smoothly. For the majority of private sales of a UK-registered or unregistered vessel, this standard agreement, which assumes that the buyer conducts an investigation, should suffice. «Our advice is that you read the agreement carefully and only consider the next step in the process when you are satisfied with the terms of the agreement,» Says Mandy.
Rarely does a week go by without the RYA legal team receiving a request from a member who wants advice on buying a used boat. «Before you pay a deposit, ask the broker how deposit and/or closing funds should be maintained. A standard deposit is 10% of the purchase price (although it may be possible to negotiate the payment of a reduced rate) and it is important to agree on the method to be used to pay the funds. 5) Have you accepted and seen that all devices are included in the sale? A sales contract governs, as the name suggests, the rights and liability of the contracting parties and determines the transaction process including issues such as the payment of the surety, the buyer`s right to be raised on the vessel and the conduct of an offshore test; Acceptance of the boat or by any other means; The termination of the contract and how disputes between the parties will be resolved.