A Broker plays the part of the middleman. How he or she plays that part is up to the individual or Brokerage Company. Brokers can Play one of two ways. The Stereotypical "Used Car Salesman" of the industry or the "Fiduciary". A "Used Cr Salesman" broker can stretch the truth or flat out Lie to put a deal together. In this case the last thing they will want is a survey. Mechanical and Hull survey's are a Godsent when It comes to buying a boat. If you want to spend themoney (And you should factor that into your boat buying budget) and your Broker says "No" then you have a problem. Ask yourself "Why is does the middleman not want me to have as many facts as possible." If your Broker says "Get both survey's done and your deposite will be held in Escrow and can be refunded up to the final sighning of the sale" Stick with them. It is common sence. Brokers are still an asset when it comes to locating and finalizing a boat. Paperwork can become a nightmare and it niceto have it done right the first time. Conrtacts, Stipulations and other add ins can be handled better by a broker as well.
In the situation posted in this thread the buyer may or maynot have had a Survey done. Water in a cylander should come up on a compression test or oil check. and a Surveyor my have seen onehead a little newer than the other. It sounds like after the fact the problems seemed obvious. It is unfortunate. The Broker in this case seems guilty of poor customer care. Or, mabe he has not gotten ahold of the former owner. Either way the sale of the boat is water under the bridge and the preventative steps that could have been taken where not. As far as posting and hinting on the board, lets hear it "Offshore Only" "The Board" Use it as a tool and keep everyone honest. Nothing needs to go tothe point of Slander but this is a small non government mandated industry and lets face it, People get taken advantage of every day. Many inthe industry are right here on this board. If you are taken advantage of say it...Honestly and they will rebute (Or take you to court if the dont stand behind tere product) Or they may come back and say you are a cheap, whinny customer who can tdrive his own boat. That is what a forum is all about. Use this to protect each other from the snakes of the industry and more importantly point your friends in the direction of these who have EARNED a quality reputation. I expect that if I do aclient wrong to readabout it on this board. That is what keeps me in check!!! Ill get off my soapbox now!