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  1. OK, that sounds like a solution!! Thank you. Yes, I do believe her and think that she is honest - it's just that it's such a lot of money that the idea of it disappearing into the ether is horrifying...
  2. The daughter is named on their Bill of Sale (although the father is the one who originally paid for the boat). So you think that if my Bill of Sale specifies that the payment is to be made to the dad's account, and the daughter (whose name is on all the paperwork) actually signs the Bill of Sale, that should be good enough? (I'm completely battered from the long drive to see the boat, so sorry if my questions are in any way confusing or replies short! And thank you for your message)
  3. Thanks for your reply! I was just looking at the template for the MCA Bill of Sale - if I bought the boat and asked them to fill in this document with both their details as joint owners, would that make any difference?
  4. I've been to see a boat today that I really like. However, the seller's dad originally bought the boat for her, and she wants me to pay the deposit-subject-to-survey/final amount directly to her dad's bank account. I have read past posts on this website saying that when you buy from a private seller, you should confirm that the name on the Bill of Sale / licence / mooring / invoices matches with the name on the bank account. What are the implications if the seller's name is on all the documents, but I pay the money to her dad instead? Thanks for any help!
  5. Hello All Could anyone recommend a good surveyor in the Wiltshire area / on the K&A? (I did search the boards, but can't find any recent recommendations...) Thanks in advance for any pointers!
  6. Hi all I just wanted to say thanks so much to everyone for all the advice, and sorry for not replying to everyone individually after about page 4 - the house move really took it out of me, and I'm now in a place with an unbelievably slow internet connection. I didn't end up going through with the sale - it was especially the discussion about the water tank that rang alarm bells - I was imagining limping along from tap to tap, ekeing out my water drop by pitiful drop, like a dying traveller in a desert, and did not like the picture. The boat was so cosy and g
  7. It was the surveyor who told me to get the sellers to replace them before finalising the sale. How would you approach the situation? Would you just eat the cost and buy them yourself? There are four leisure + one starter, so quite costly to replace all five...
  8. Shucks, sorry to hear that! It is hugely frustrating. The only ones that seem to hang around for any length of time are the ones at Venetian and Whilton marinas, but having read the posts about Whilton on here, it would make me wary to buy from them. Now I'm really curious to know if we have been to look at any of the same boats, and whether your impressions were the same as mine! I suppose at least the broker let you know that a deposit had been taken, so you didn't make a wasted journey; but it is so disappointing when you see one that you like the look of, and then it goes in a blink.
  9. Yes, I checked the figures for average household water consumption after seeing that the tank was 40 gallons, since most of the boats I'd previously looked at were around 120. But the answer to, "Roughly how long can the boat go before refuelling/refilling the water tank?", was "diesel on these [10-day] journeys would use a third of the tank and water wouldn’t need filling" - are you thinking that they may have misremembered the water situation? Or perhaps they never showered and only drank beer... Ahhhh, you are clearly a tough negotiator! I like the image of you stomping down the
  10. I met up with the surveyor just as he finished his survey, and he walked me round the boat pointing out the main things needing attention. Think I mentioned that the plan was to live on it and constant cruise for the first year at least, but perhaps not - there are a few things I wanted to check with him, so will mention it again. It's with a broker (the marina owners), and I've put down a 10% deposit, with the boat off the market for 7 days post-survey, during which time I need to decide whether to go ahead with the sale, or back out because of concerns raised by the survey. If the sale
  11. I wanted to constant cruise for the first year, so perhaps it is problematic. Bristol marina looks great - I used to live in St Andrews many years ago, and always liked it around the docks - and it has got even nicer down there since then. Thank you!
  12. ...which will be many years in the future, I hope! I just don't want to ever have to overplate, and want to be able to resell if this liveaboard plan turns out to be disastrous...
  13. Yes, I will keep a separate stash of drinking water aboard - in fact, the surveyor did say to drink bottled water until the tank is drained/scraped/repainted.... I'll definitely need to learn how to be frugal with water - spit on the crockery, and polish with elbow?! You're right about the expense of a long search too - after the survey, when the unexpectedly thin steel made me question the whole purchase, I started totting up the cost of renting a place to live, time/petrol driving up and down the country, another one? two? three? surveys on other boats with unexpected issues, hei
  14. Aww, thanks for the encouraging reply. It's sold subject to survey, so .... possibly there is wiggle room on the steel?? I do need to go back to them about replacing the batteries, which are all kaput. The water tank was a big concern of mine, but the current people said that two of them have gone out for 10-day trips without needing to fill the tank, and there's only one of me. I wonder how easy it is to add a bigger tank, if it does turn out to be an issue? Heh heh - yes, learning about boat maintenance is going to be a challenge, but I'm really excited to learn! It's encouraging
  15. I like hearing about people with thinner steel who are not losing any sleep over it!! Before the survey took place, the surveyor said that possible pitting was his main concern; but I went along to look at the boat after he had finished the survey but before he had left, and he said there was negligible pitting.
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