We are looking at narrowboat options for our first boat and have come across one at Whilton/Venetian. We are really interested in making an offer but it's a £1000 deposit. I was querying the terms of this as I would want an independent survey as the boat hasn't had a survey as they are aware, or certainly if they are aware of one they aren't admitting it and don't know re overplating (it's a late 80s boat built by a boatbuilder that seems to get favourable comments on here). The response I got was that 'any requirements that came up on the survey would be sorted at our cost, as we own this particular boat. We would only be able to refund the deposit if the hull needed serious work, such as over-plating, and we were unable to get this done in a suitable time frame. We would not issue a refund on behalf of the hull already being over-plated'.
So with our survey, lift out fees of £300 and the £1000 deposit I'm guessing if they then confirm it has had overplating and we want to pull out we would lose this money, even though they are not able to confirm either way currently if it has had overplating (though I am guessing with it being an older boat it is more likely to be overplated).
Also is there any particular difference of them owning the boat v it being on brokerage? I'm guessing the price is less negotiable if they own it?