Originally Posted by bobofthenorth
...I frankly couldn't care less what the seller thinks of my offer. The most important quality in a buyer is patience. Do your homework, don't fall in love and remember that if you don't get this one another one will come along.
That's it right there, excellent advice. We found our Carver 32 on Craigslist, 800 miles away. We bounced down to the Dallas area on a quick weekend inspection
and offered 50% of the asking price
. The seller laughed, told us he couldn't take that offer in a million years, forget it, no way, waste of time. We were friendly, said goodbye, had a nice dinner in Dallas and flew home. A month later we got an email
from the seller out of the blue accepting our offer. Patience, patience, and don't fall in love with one boat. Good advice. A great deal will eventually fall into your lap if you're patient and you can walk away.