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Old 20-05-2013, 10:40   #1
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Good price for this pocket cruiser?

I don't sail. My wife used to sail with her parents when she was younger and would like to get back into it at some level.

We have the opportunity to purchase a 13' Guppy pocket cruiser, but I have no idea if the price is good or not. It's in good to excellent condition and we're buying from a trusted friend. He has offered it to us for $1,950, which includes the trailer and new electric motor.

Just looking for something fun for her to relearn the skill and take out on local lakes. Since these were limited production, I would think we could resell if it turns out not to be right boat for her.

Would appreciate any thoughts or feedback. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Good price for this pocket cruiser?

If you like it, it's probably OK. Why not do some comparison shopping first?

Have you sailed on it?
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Old 20-05-2013, 11:07   #3
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Re: Good price for this pocket cruiser?

Price helps that you are getting a trailer. I think most sailboats in that size range with trailer are going for $750 to $3000 depending on condition. So it sounds like it is in the right ballpark to me. You can get a free price estimate on BoatUS site. Or research on sales sites for similar design and sized boats such as a West Wight Potter.
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If you like it, it's probably OK. Why not do some comparison shopping first?

Have you sailed on it?
My wife took it out with the owner this weekend for a very short sail. She liked it and felt it could be something she could handle on her own. Good point about the comparison shopping - in this case, it was just an offer that presented itself, so we thought it might be a good opportunity based on the size and type of boat.
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Old 20-05-2013, 11:19   #5
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I'd second the 'Potter'... the privacy of a cabin with loo and camping out facilities for up to 4 with a boom tent makes for great w/ends...
If the bobbing around bothers ya... put it on the trailer for the night
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Old 20-05-2013, 11:22   #6
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Price helps that you are getting a trailer. I think most sailboats in that size range with trailer are going for $750 to $3000 depending on condition. So it sounds like it is in the right ballpark to me. You can get a free price estimate on BoatUS site. Or research on sales sites for similar design and sized boats such as a West Wight Potter.
Thanks for the info. I submitted a request to BoatUS and will check out West Wight Potter.
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Old 22-05-2013, 17:32   #8
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Thanks for the info. I submitted a request to BoatUS and will check out West Wight Potter.
I received the following back from BoatUS. Very fast - nice people!!!

Resale value is estimated to be in the $800 - $950 range (add for trailer if applicable), although, noting the age and the fact that only 300 were built anyway, the specific vessel could easily be properly priced significantly higher (or lower).

We would, therefore, encourage at least an informal "sense of things" inspection and consultation with a marine surveyor or some other locally knowledgeable marine professional prior to making an offer, to be followed up by a thorough pre-purchase survey upon acceptance of the offer.

In any case, it is recommended that you avail yourself of a sea-trial, to include flying all sails in the inventory, a complete rigging and hull survey, and a separate engine and engineering survey of the mechanical propulsion components, preferably by an experienced technician certified for that brand of machinery.


I'm guessing the trailer is worth about $300, which would put it in the $1,100 - $1,350 range, but have no idea how to factor for the scarcity/rare element. I was only able to find a handful of past sales on these ranging from around $700.00 without the trailer to $2,000 with it. The latter was in better condition than the one we are considering.

Any thoughts from you experienced folks on this?

Again, truly appreciate any responses - you all have been very helpful!
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Re: Good price for this pocket cruiser?

With boats, usually "scarce, rare or few built" equates to lower value.... 13 is definitely getting on the small size of even "pocket cruisers"
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Re: Good price for this pocket cruiser?

2k for a trailer and an electric motor? Seems fair enough. But buying from friends is always a bit dangerous. But then 2k on a boat ain't much. Wait until you buy that 45' Catamaran next year.
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Re: Good price for this pocket cruiser?

Yeah... a $2k experience cant be too bad..... no matter what!
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There is one on craigs list in tucson az for $2,000 w elec motor and trailer. With boats all depends on condition.
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FWIW, last year we bought a 23' Aquarius, with plenty of room to sleep 2 adults and 2 kids, portapotty, small galley area, BBQ grill, small solar panel, decent sails, old 6hp outboard and trailer. For this boat, in Minnesota, the $4k I paid may have been slightly high, but it was clean and ready to sail right away.

Just a comparison point for you. Good luck, and have fun!
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Re: Good price for this pocket cruiser?

have you actually went and looked and sat in the boat? 13' is very small. if that's what you like so be it.... but I think it's a bit of a stretch calling it a "cruiser" of any sort. Big difference between that and 20-23 ft. and pretty much the same price....
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My wife took it out with the owner this weekend for a very short sail. She liked it and felt it could be something she could handle on her own. Good point about the comparison shopping - in this case, it was just an offer that presented itself, so we thought it might be a good opportunity based on the size and type of boat.

The price seems good (depending primarily on condition), and if your wife likes it, I'd go for it, or talk her into something bigger.
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