US1, I would agree it does go to credibility, but beyond that I feel it was Fubard's responsibility to do his own homework. In the end, Fubard bought the boat. Credibilty was no longer an issue at that point. I don't know either party, so I can't say what is true and what isn't. I just know that if it were me, I would dig as deep as possible prior to buying a boat with that many hours. Also, as I said before, these engines can go with no warning. I'm not sure how much blame can be placed on the seller for that unless he knew beforehand. And, you're right, if he did know, why take Fubard for an extended sea trial whether it was mostly idleing or not. It seems that the problem was found while idling.
Fubard, you are exactly correct when you say it is bad business to leave prior to a scheduled appointment to finalize the sale. As I said, I would have cancelled the sale and turned around. You'd just be out gas money and time at that point. Besides, I would bet that if you told him you were turning around and cancelling the sale because he was bailing on you that he would have stayed. Again, take the K and fix the boat. You took the responsibility when you picked up the boat without adhering to the agreement. I know, he changed the parameters, but it was up to you to not accept that. Trusting the seller is not a good business paractice. In business today, you have to protect yourself first. I don't care if you're buying something from a priest. Agreements and contracts are used for a reason.