Originally Posted by oceano
The photographs are unexpectedly misleading. I would never have guessed how shabby a boat can look when in the pictures it beckoned like a mermaid and within ten feet revealed itself a walrus.
Yes, that is the "magic" of stills/film/video. To those of us in that business we depend on it to be able to fool an audience into thinking they're seeing one thing when in fact they aren't. Special effects that look so realistic and convincing on a screen are in fact often quite crude if you could examine them closely frame by frame.
While photos of a boat for sale are valuable for showing you the boat itself, its configuration, equipment, etc. one should never judge the actual condition of anything on a boat by the photos. Even something as basic as a stove top can look great in a photo of the galley but when you see it in person you see the corrosion, rust, etc. that the camera didn't register.
Our own almost 40-year-old boat looks pretty good in photos. But up close you see the ravages of the California sun on the gelcoat during the boat's first 25 years, the chips and dings, the trim pieces that need refinishing, old glass (unless it's a pane we've replaced), and on and on and on.
It is virtually inevitable that something that looks great in photos, be it a vehicle, boat, house, you name it, will not look that good in person or will have defects that are obvious to the eye but not to the lens. The only exceptions I can think of are brand new boats, cars, etc. or totally restored, immaculate boats like Hackers and Gar Woods, or cars that are restored to museum quality. They tend to look like their photos, if not even better in person.
So my rule is to use photos of something only to show me what that something is and if it will suit my needs in terms of configuration, equipment, instrumentation, etc. But I totally dismiss the photos as any sort of indication of the actual condition.