I've had at least 3 (out of maybe 10) good responses from owners on sailboatlistings. Its not the website, its the owners/brokers. The same problems occur on yachtworld. I've had many yachtworld brokers email
me back a stock response and never respond again. When I called, they would say "yeah come see it" and practically hang up on me... Extremely poor salesmanship all around.
Some private owners are no better. After dealing with these strangely reluctant owners two or three times, I made it a rule
to never go see a boat if the owner/broker is not 100% willing to provide everything I ask for, including detailed photos. This rule
worked out pretty well, but it was a shame that so many boats I really liked were ill-responsive.
Some of these owners, and even brokers, will respond but then won't send pictures, or when you talk to them on the phone
and ask detailed questions, they give you totally irrelevant or ambiguous answers. It's not worth your time to deal with them. Trust me.
Of course I was dealing in a much different boat market, but the same rules apply, they (the sellers) should be doing everything in their power to sell you their boat. So many of them act like its just too big a hassle to "deal with" potential buyers. its a shame so many good boats go to waste this way...
People have actually said to me over the phone, they wouldn't deal with me unless I was there in person, because they were tired of dealing with "dreamers and tire kickers". Obviously these people forget what it's like to buy a boat????
Its not you, its not the website, its THEM....Just walk away and wait for the kind, responsive, and helpful owners & brokers to deal with, they are out there.