Well: Simonmd posted this on his auction
on Ebay. It made (I think) 28K sterling on the first placement, It did not reach his reserve so the ad is re running.
"Before we start, it should be noted that although i'm willing to take a large reduction on what this boat is worth to get a quick sale. i'm NOT going to give it away! Some of you may have seen this advertised before for £45,000 which is it's agreed insurance valuation so if you only have £20k to spend, don't waste your time. The reserve is set at £35k, that's what I bought her for three years ago BEFORE I spent £10k on upgrades, etc.so please bear this in mind before you bid. If you can find another mid 1990's catamaran that is fully spec'd up and ready for full time live aboard for under £40k then i'd be amazed!"
Now this is a particularly nice example of the marque. Lots of extras etc. boatman61 delivered it for him from the U.K.
One year ago nearly, I was interested in it but not at 45K.
As I write this, there is 8 hours and 50 minutes to go before the end of the auction
and it stands at 25200K as the highest offer. In order to meet his reserve, the price must go up by 8K sterling.
There are any number of Catalac
8 and 9s for sale
all over the UK for under 28K. Some have been for sale
in my experience for nearly two years. On ebay right now there is a lovely 8 priced at 22k and an auction starting at 1k on another.
I can only feel sympathy for anyone invested heavily in a vessel and trying to get out of it in a depressed market. In saying that, it is time that a "realistic" pricing structure hits the older catamaran designs. It just needs to have the reality check that other vessels have in terms of refurbishment costs etc. Due to this reason, I had begun to look at motor Sailers a little harder as better value for my money
and cheaper ongoing costs for the type of Med sailing I envisioned.
I did not want to put 45K sterling into a Catamaran, spend another 15K on it and have a vessel only worth at the most half of the value.
Im still loving running around in the Centaur. The marque has settled in and around 7k Sterling and is excellent value for money. A great little boat.