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Old 18-03-2011, 23:31   #16
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Re: I'm done kissing frogs.

Forgot to mention I've met this broker years ago and he was very helpful and honest, but remember it's a brokers job to sell you a boat and even the most honest one needs to get you to look at their boats if they are going to feed themselves.
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Old 18-03-2011, 23:32   #17
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The valiant is very attractive. I have been pointed here before but apparently she is VERY tired.

I will speak with them again next week and see what's going on.
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Re: I'm done kissing frogs.

As others have said, it is not an unreasonable list of requirements and yes, I have never never never understood why some (many?) Brokers can't read and understand one written requirements and then show you something completely different.

And they seem surprised when you point that out.

Anyway, good luck in the search, the night is always darkest just before dawn.

FWIW, my first boat took maybe a week to find (and one month to sell), the second about 18 months to find (and 2 months to sell) and the third took a 3 or 4 years to find ('cause I wasn't looking very hard) and to date, isn't for sale
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Old 18-03-2011, 23:37   #19
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Re: I'm done kissing frogs.

I'm sure you can find someone to have a look for you to save you a long drive for nothing.
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Re: I'm done kissing frogs.

This was the one I was looking for but unfourtunatly It's been sold
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Old 18-03-2011, 23:46   #21
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Yes. Missed it by a week or so
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Re: I'm done kissing frogs.

Bugger!
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Old 19-03-2011, 00:13   #23
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Yes, I have and 100% agree with you regarding the guys. Have actually brought and sold through him before.

At the moment he hasn't come up with anything but to his credit hasn't wasted my time either.

There are a few advertised in The Coastal Passage as well. Who knows??
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I do keep an eye on it but haven't looked for a while.
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Old 19-03-2011, 00:33   #25
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Heart breaking, isn't it...

When I was looking there were no frogs. There were a few OK but overpriced boats and more than a few toads.

In the end I gave up, brought what was a sailable bare steel hull. More than 4 years later I'm still fitting it out...

I put a few of your parameters into Yachtworld. There were a few boats that might meet your requirements in Thailand and Malaysia but most prospects (and there weren't that many of them) were in the US of A.

Given the price difference it may be possible to fly there, buy there, ship them to OZ, pay the duty+++ and still come out ahead financially.

Even if it costs more the satisfaction of getting what you want may be worth the extra.

My feeling on wooden boats is that, given your probable age range and the deterioration I've observed in boats for sale in Oz, the chances of finding one in acceptable condition are not good.

A quick search suggests that the Tayana 37 may suit. They appear to be (sort of) still in production and a new one, still warm from the mold, may not be out of the question.
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Old 19-03-2011, 00:47   #26
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Yes a good Tayana 37 would be nice, not sure the new price works out that way when I last looked?

The USA is the only real option I can see now. It ends up being an "average" deal when it is all done and shipped and a great deal if you can sail it back yourself.

Unfortunately I don't have time right now. Maybe dragon lady could tow it back behind her FP!!!!!
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Re: I'm done kissing frogs.

There are 4 at Quins at the moment that might suit; links below. Boats are generally cheaper in Adelaide, maybe because the market is so small and the distances great. But seems you're prepared to travel, so talk to Sandy - she's an honest broker.

An Adams 12: Used Boats Online at QUIN MARINE PTY LTD - Powered by BoatPoint Australia
A Holland 41: Used Boats Online at QUIN MARINE PTY LTD - Powered by BoatPoint Australia
An S&S 39: Used Boats Online at QUIN MARINE PTY LTD - Powered by BoatPoint Australia
And a Van de Stadt 36: Used Boats Online at QUIN MARINE PTY LTD - Powered by BoatPoint Australia
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Re: I'm done kissing frogs.

If ever you would like extra photos of any in Melbourne Id be happy to take REAL photos for you
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Re: I'm done kissing frogs.

I feel your pain. Had a few similar experiences. Four actually, and just about chucked a broker into Sydney harbour after traveling from Darwin to look at a "very clean" something er other that turned out to be a Steaming Tripple Coiler poorly disguised as a watercraft.

But ... !

I thought i might salvage the trip by dropping in on the Eyetooz who where anchored in Pitwater. There I found* quite by accident Panaseaya hiding under another name at the RPAYC. Good Luck mate!!

*Actually, Lovely GG found her. I was laughing and eating and drinking and (allegedly) carving profane remarks into I-2's lovley teak table, when she called and asked, "are you anywhere near Pitwater?..."
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Re: I'm done kissing frogs.

I had the same damn problem when we were looking for our boat (our first) I must have traveled all up and down Florida.

God I never knew how many *@#$ boats there are.

On one the mere pressure of a hand on a comanionway caused the fiberglass to collapse.

We didn't give up and after some more looking stumbled across the boat that we snapped up.
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