NEWS - OEDA says beware Sandy's damaged boats
Storm-damaged boats may end up Down Under
Boaties in Australia and New Zealand are being warned against buying boats that could have been damaged by ex-Hurricane Sandy.
The Outboard Engine Distributors Association (OEDA) said when the giant storm hit the US East Coast a few weeks ago boats worth about $650 million were damaged or destroyed.
"In total, some 65,000 boats were affected by the storm, and we’re concerned a fair few of those could end up coming down under," said OEDA chairman John Temple.
"It’s happened in the past. We’ve seen the heartache when boaties buy what they think is a ‘great deal’ from the US only to find they’ve bought a hastily-repaired storm-damaged boat that needs thousands and thousands spent on it.
"Unscrupulous sellers are happy to do it, of course, because they’re half a world away and virtually untouchable," he said.
According to OEDA, Sandy was the most damaging storm in US history for boat owners, creating a four-metre storm surge that smashed into the heavily populated coasts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The Association claimed Sandy’s $650 million bill surpassed the $500 million worth of boat damage created by Hurricane Irene in 2011 and that "The waters piled boats into heaps ? some were found two miles away".
"With such an incredibly large number of damaged boats now sitting in the States, it’s certain that some are going to be falsely marketed to people in Australia and New Zealand," said Temple.
"We strongly recommend that people buy through local reputable dealers, so that you really know what you’re getting and, if anything does go wrong, you’re not alone.
"When you’re shopping on the internet keep in mind the old truism ‘If it looks too good to be true, it probably is’," he said.
Photo: John Temple.
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