I understand the purpose of the poll, because I was asking the same question when I started seriously looking at boats several months ago. But after driving around to several states and looking at lots of different boats over a wide range, the difference in value/asking price is all over the place. I think that you have to look at boats priced 30% over your budget
because some are that overpriced. Others have motivated sellers who have dropped the boat down to it's true value, and they're just not going to take a lowball offer.
I agree with microship about 'the perils of the process' and there probably should be a book. I wasted a lot of money
because of unscrupulous brokers writing deceptive descriptions and posting
misleading photos. The bottom line is that YOU CAN'T TELL SH!T about a boat from the internet! You just have to go look at them. Often the liveaboard
boats are the most overpriced, because the owners are so emotionally attached to their home. They will bend your ear with such pride in their voice about how they built the cheesy plywood
shelving, and tell you 'don't worry about the way the engine
looks, it runs great!'. You can't tell them the sad truth that the boat is worth half what they think and they will just have to wait another year until they are frustrated,disappointed, and angry before they finally drop the price to where it sells.
I think there is value in using a buyers broker if you can find one that you trust. They get more info from yachtworld, so when you see the ubiquitous "Owner motivated, price reduced for immediate sale!" the broker can tell you that change was done a year ago. They can tell you how long it's been on the market and how far the price has dropped. Of course, the selling brokers also know this and usually put the boat on the market at an initially rididculous price, then drop it after a few weeks so that it looks like more of a value than it really is.
The only real solution is to be able to asess the value of a boat yourself or with a friend, and base your offer on that. The asking price is in a sense irrelevant to the buyer, other than as a way to decide which boats to spend your time looking at. My guess is that most boats sell for 25-30% less than they initially ask, but often end up dropping the price to within 10% before actually selling.