Thanks, Adelie. That was definitely the kind of breakdown and opinion I was looking for with my first post. I agree with your analysis.
Reed, I agree with you and I would definitely not approach a broker with a pushy attitude. I would treat him as a professional unless I had a strong reason to do otherwise. But as someone without a lot of negotiating experience, I do think the distinction between "low-balling" a dealer (which you disdain) and offering half the asking price
(which you recommend in some cases) is a subtle distinction, to say the least. I'm guessing that being forthright and friendly and at no times misleading or rude is the real difference. I'll guess I have to see how it goes. I love the business card idea and I'm definitely going to hit the marinas
this spring, even though I probably won't actually buy anything until 2017.
Nemo, I don't think I'll have a problem with fuel
turnover. Even though I mainly go out on afternoons and weekends during the school
year (I'm a middle school
teacher), I use July and August for much longer distance cruising. Maine
and Nova Scotia
will be my first destinations. I managed to put over ten thousand sea miles on my Pearson
26 in 7 years, and I'm planning to do much more in my new boat. If I was just day sailing
I wouldn't have sold the Pearson
. And even from Mill Basin I was sailing within minutes, it was just a long upwind leg out of Jamaica
Bay and it took a while before things opened up. The SBYC dues are $2700 for the season, which breaks down to around $70 a foot for the boats I'm thinking of. It does seem a bit much for a mooring
, and you have to provide your own mooring gear
as well. I have time to decide if it's worth it.
Paul, I know there is a spec used to indicate how much additional weight it would take to lower the boat in the water
by one inch. I can't remember what it is called, but that would be useful here. Then again, when you consider the possibility of a random wake lifting the boat up at exactly the worst time, perhaps it is not worth getting that exact after all. And as for thread drift, I take responsibility as the OP. I've been encouraging the parallel conversations, but it's exactly what I needed!