I’m new to boating and came across this forum while searching for Chaparral’s; very useful and informative. I found a dealer selling a 2005 256 SSI with 300 hrs on a MerCruiser 496 Mag Bravo 3 in South Central NJ and was satisfied enough to move forward with getting a survey conducted however the dealer said he was unable to bring the boat an area to have a water test done (he’s about 30 mins away from bay) and i won’t be able to test drive it. He did offer a 30 day warranty on the engine and boat itself. In speaking with the surveyor, he will not do the survey if a water test can not be done. The dealership is reputable and been around for many years so I’m unsure if I should find another surveyor who will do the survey on a dry boat or continue my search.
Thanks in advanced for your input.