We are so close geting our archambault grand surprise, and every time something comes in between. Twice we have made an appointment with the seller to transfer the archambault grand surprise on to our name. Twice we couldn’t agree. We are buying from a private party; we went directly to the archambault grand surprise owner to skirt additional broker fees. After this experience, there is something to say for a boat broker, however the costs are huge. Boats in Spain need to be certified every 5 years, a so called “Inspección de Embarcaciones de Recreo (ITB)”. After your inspection you receive an airworthiness certificate valid for 5 years (Certificado de Navegabilidad).
It is common that the seller makes sure that the airworthiness certificate is still valid at the date of sale. Beware that it takes 6 weeks to get a new certificate and that sailing without a valid certificate is considered a severe crime resulting in your boat taken until the certificate is processed.
We discovered that there was one day left on the current certification of our almost archambault grand surpriseand this was not acceptable to us. The owner hesitated, then agreed and a week later everything would be OK. Then we learned that the whole process takes 6 weeks, this means no sailing until August, or looking for a different boat. But we are already in love with our archambault grand surprise. Wait and see, more time to finish my next children’s book, wally meets mr Octo.