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Old 22-09-2013, 08:49   #1
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selling boat- New England, Annapolis, New Bern

Hi all,

Well, ee may be changing boats. We survey the potential new boat to us tomorrow. If all goes well, we will need to sell our exteremely well equipped Pretorien. Right now we are in Onset MA on the boat. So we are considering Marion Ma, Portsmouth, RI, Annapolis or New Bern.

Our original gut feeling is to take it to Annapolis, put her on the hard, and list her with a well known broker dealing in blue water boats. Our broker here on the buying end did not try to get the listing untill we mentioned it, and he makes a prety good arguement for putting her into inside storage in Marion. This also would logistically be the easiest, as we could raft the two boats up at a mooring, transfer gear, and leave. If is also pricey.

The brokers in A town say that they get more buyers. The brokers in NC say they get more buyers in the winter. The brokers in MA say good boats ( ours is) sell everywhere, including the northeast in the winter.


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Old 22-09-2013, 14:02   #2
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Where will you be in 4, 6 or 8 mos? How does storage bill compare? Being able to clean it up for potential buyers is helpful, maybe the broker will help keep it up.

Annapolis is central and prolly does attract a lot of buyers. NC is cheaper storage and people do come boat shopping here a lot.

Maybe it will sell quickly, but best to think it will be 6 mos or more.

Good luck and congrats on new boat
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Old 22-09-2013, 15:28   #3
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Re: selling boat- New England, Annapolis, New Bern

Marion is off the beaten path and gets very quiet in winter. And a boat stored in a shed with the mast down certainly won't look her best to a buyer (not to mention the difficulty of stepping the mast for a test sail).

Newport is active year round with a lot of large monohulls. I'd look at storing at New England Boatworks (NEB) or Hinckley in Middletown RI. You can even store in the water if the broker will keep an eye on her as there's no ice and little snow these days with climate change. On the hard storage is all with mast up. Lot's of brokers in the area to choose from.

Since Marion and Newport are just an easy day apart, you could transfer equipment between boats in Marion and run her down to Newport without cruising gear aboard.

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