If you deal with a boat broker, be sure to get references. You will find some good ones and some bad ones, but the bad ones are really bad. Also, I am not a lawyer, but it pays have a lwyer look over the papers before you sign. I got involved with a broker last year that decided to inform me the day before closing that the boat had been sold to somene else. To make a long story short, I did not get my deposit money back, until after I hired an attorney.