Originally Posted by Kenomac
You've just improved the seller's chance of getting a good price and decreased your chance of getting a good deal by alerting thousands of fellow cruisers to the availability of the boat. You should instead hire a buyer's broker to answer your questions and keep your negotiations private.
Keep your cards close... don't show your hand to everybody.
WOW, I was reading this thread and when I saw this comment and the response I had to comment. You are spot on. I have been sorting through various boats myself. I swear, either I am very good at picking winners (having 0 boating
experience) or what you say is completely true because I started noticing that almost every boat that I posted for feedback, including every boat in the US, sold within a month after I posted and had long discussions with others about them.
I have now learned to keep my mouth shut on boats that I am very seriously considering. I now ask more general questions and avoid posting
the precise boat.
In fact, one of the owners of one the boats, the "Sopressa", which was thoroughly discussed on one of my threads actually posted that he had just boat it and thanked the posters for all the great info they gave on my thread. Could be some weird coincidence, but I have learned my lesson on that. I was pretty bumbed seeing a couple of my short listers sell.
This was very good advice to the OP
I wish that I had been warned.