Thanks for the rec, barnakiel!
Re what I offered and what I paid, I think I'll keep the actual figure I paid to myself, to forestall a deluge of "you paid what?" posts
But I will say that my initial offer was a little over 70% of asking. I'd have been very happy to get it for that but, of course, didn't really expect to. Wound up having to come up a bit, still well under the asking price
. The surveyor
put together a list of comparables (some actual sales; some, less helpfully, just asking prices). Based on that and his findings about the boat itself, I'm satisfied that my final offer was a fair price
and in line with the market. Not a steal, but I love the boat. I probably could have waited a couple more months before making the offer and shaved off a bit more, but I was ready to buy. Life only contains so much sailing time.
I'm not sure that's really helpful information, though. The market for every make and model of boat is different, the more so as you get into older boats. (Yes, I've learned a lot about it in the last six months.) And also, each boat has its own scenario, of owners, storage fees
, marital woes, health
issues, etc., and you have to learn what you can about that and take it into account as well. Not to mention the buyer's situation: Can you wait for a bargain? Do you need financing
? Do you need a turnkey boat? Etc. In other words, every buyer+seller+boat is a different story, and just because I offered n% on this one and it worked for me doesn't mean someone else wouldn't be better advised to offer n/2%, or $1k off asking price, or...