I visited my "dream boat" a few weeks ago and it was reduced by $20,000 2 days before I head
down to take a look, so I didn't bother to press the broker any further. Was a steal at the price offered. Roughly half of what I had seen on Yachworld for the last year. There was a contract
on it at the time, but the buyers seemed a bit flaky about it. Never the less the broker was kind enough to let me take a look and meet me.
thing though, is that the broker told me a story of how not even a month earlier a previous interested party offered %20 less than offered and the owner was "Visibly angered by the premise.", he was "Insulted" by it. Medical
bills forced him down to the price that eventually got her sold. I missed the contract
by a day, but it made me a bit scared about haggling.
Another interesting conversation with the broker was how a lot of people incorporate their "upgrade plans" into a price reduction. "This vessel is lacking radar", "I need to upgrade the furling
system". The premise was compared to someone trying to push an offer for a house lower than listed because they wanted to put in silk drapes. Made sense to me. She sails
fine, so why should the buyer have to lower the price because I want XYZ? I am curious if anyone here has been able to reduce the price based on that idea.
There are some great deals to be had, but I am depressed about my missed opportunity as the listing for the same boat is twice what was offered for the one I had my eye on. I keep counting all the things I could have spent that additional money
, Yanmar rebuild
, Iverson dodger
, etc etc. All those things listed in Red in the excel sheet as "Non critical" suddenly became feasible plans that would fit my budget
Moral of the story? If your heart flutters at an offer pick up the phone
and call! There is sure to be someone that is thinking the same thing and you will be kicking yourself later. There is nothing lost
by talking with the broker, its their job. Also do not EVER rely just on the listed price online, often they are not updated quickly at all so it doesn't hurt to try.