Originally Posted by Tunajoe
I've looked at every NT on YW.....3 times. Most of the PNW boats don't have a generator. That was one of my main requirements. Maybe I'll re calibrate my requirements. I'd like a generator though.
I'd like SS portholes vs the black plastic ones, I'd like upgraded electronics. I want low hours. I don't want a pullman style berth. I want the ivory powder coated windows and doors. Not the black framed ones.
With kids, I have to have a transom hot water shower to hose them off.
I also don't want a "cut-up" boat. I want a boat that has minimal penetrations thru the sundeck or pilot house roof.
I think adding a genset afterwards -- especially given info on their own installs from the manufacturer -- isn't all that big a deal, if there's room to cram it into the builder's designated space without cutting the decks.
Replacing portlight frames, another no big deal I think.
Transom shower, probably easy.
Electronics will be obsolete anyway, if they're older than yesterday. If usable, you could take your time selecting a suite of replacements.
And so forth.
Offer price takes all that into account from the git-go. Modify downward, if surveys dictate.
We shopped on this boat (model) all over the east coast. We needed an electric windlass and a swim platform, and I wanted 450s vs. 370s. Had to be 2002 or newer (due to some changes after the earliest model years).
Turns out, it was easier and less expensive to buy the one 15 miles away that came on the market sometime during our search, even though we had to add the windlass and swim platform ourselves. Not hard.
The enclosure was on it's last legs, as was outdoor carpeting; we replaced. Our offer took all that into account.
From the marine survey, we learned (and saw for ourselves, anyway) the engine room needed some TLC. From the mechanical survey, we learned the mains were due for valve adjustments and aftercooler/turbo service, yaddy yaddy yadda. Subsequent negotiation ensued.
We got a boat. Had all the engine work done, and had the aforementioned windlass and swim platform installed, using money we didn't spend on the purchase or on long-distance transport. Took us 40 minutes to drive the boat from that marina to our slip.
We used the obsolete electronics for a about three years, while I studied the problem. Then we did a major refit, knowing exactly what we wanted.