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Old 17-01-2014, 09:53   #16
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Re: got a boat Leopard 40

Congrats on finding a nice boat. Something many on this forum don't understand is that you can't buy a nice used boat whether its 5 years old or 30 years old by making offers of 30-50% of a fair asking price. There are very few really nice used boats out there and when you find one if you don't move on it someone else will. Yes there are lots of cheap boats that are not kept up but of course who wants them other than a skilled tradesman with lots of time.
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Old 17-01-2014, 10:26   #17
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Sorry to all I sent my brokers number to the area code was wrong \
correct area code 561
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Old 17-01-2014, 10:34   #18
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Hey Congrats on the L40. I found my 2006 about a year ago after, much like you, looking at many "excellent" condition turds. Spent too much time and money looking at misrepresented boats. I was fortunate to find an owner's version that was never in charter, simply neglected. But that gives me something to work on as a change of pace. Not that CF isn't a good forum, but you should check out the Yahoo Leopard Owner's group. They have been a great help to me and others. Yahoo Groups
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Old 17-01-2014, 14:38   #19
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I have had so many request for my brokers name I am tired of PM.
So it is wiley sharp at denision and his number is --drum role -561-613-8985
There are many great brokers out there but wiley fit for what I needed
I think there is a thread in CF on brokers
If you contact wiley tell him I sent you
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Old 18-01-2014, 05:03   #20
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Re: got a boat Leopard 40

Thanks Rancher and others for informative posts. I just connected with Wiley myself. Is he in ft Lauderdale?
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:57   #21
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UPDATE
I went to BVI and checked out the boat did survey and signed the contract . Waiting for the boat to come out of charter in june or july. The survey was very meticulas and have about 50 things that need to be done . Very few big items and many little things. The hardest thing is waiting for the boat to come out !!
I am totally ready to start sailing on this great looking boat!!
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Old 11-04-2014, 07:01   #22
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Oh and one other thing --Broker went with me and no way would I attempt to purchase a cat with out Him . Incredible knowledge and very savy on all aspects of buying .
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:57   #23
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Congrats on your purchase I know what is involved having recently completed the purchase of a 99' L38. I concur to get a knowledgeable broker to act as your broker. There were a couple of boats mine knew of prior to them going on market and in as much as I have not owned a cruising cat his input was useful. It costs you nothing to enlist the services of a buyers broker. They get their fee as a portion of the seller's 10% listing fee that is then split between the listing brokerage and your buyer's broker. I traveled twice to look at and do a partial survey prior to making an offer that was negotiated from 185K to 170K with 1.5K in allowances for needed repairs. The 1.5K will not cover half of the repairs, but that is part of the negotiating. I found out that I came out ahead of the game with the help and not listed gear that the former owner was willing to give to me. If I had been hard nosed in the negotiating I do not expect that would have been the case. I still have 15K in escrow to cover any deficiencies uncovered in the sea trail portion of survey to happen soon. A little unorthodox, but circumstances dictated this approach. You may also try posting your desires to forums regarding a vessel. I was contacted by an owner a little too far into the negotiating to change course with an offer to sell his vessel to me that was listed at 225K for 185K with basically all the bugs/fixes done and several upgrades. Bad timing, but I think I will still be happy with my purchase. My take away was that patience will pay off if you preserver and you just don't know who is contemplating selling and has not listed yet.It's a pretty steep learning curve with all the systems involved and it does help if you have basic skills related to the repairs required and are willing to do them yourself.
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Old 21-09-2014, 08:14   #24
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Re: got a boat Leopard 40

Did you get your boat, and how do you like it? Tom found one he really likes, I'm still more of an FP person.

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Old 21-12-2015, 13:07   #25
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Sorry about the time lag .
I love the boat it handles beyond expectations. I have installed gen set air/heat radar and many up grades.
The boat is very sea worthy and is easy to single hand.
If you want specific answers drop me a line .
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Old 21-12-2015, 21:52   #26
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Re: got a boat Leopard 40

Fantastic that the L40 is everything it represents itself as. In the interim since your last post I bought a monohull. It is a buyers market but you are correct in stating that good boats are hard to find, and I moved on the one I found despite the single hull. Good to hear from you. How's the 40 perform with cruiser configured weight?
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Old 22-12-2015, 08:09   #27
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RK
The boat does great under load 5 people all their gear and food for a week
I still rum 5-6 kts in 10-12 wind .
I have never been more please with quality and performance.
If you ever sail on one you will sell your mono hull and get one.
So if you are satisfied with your boat don't get on a cat it will ruin you.
Happy sailing
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