Originally Posted by apparition
For smaller boats, the difference between beginning of season and end of season can practically mean whether or not you can get the boat essentially for free. In most locations, winter storage, haul out
, and cleaning means a thousand dollars or more -obviously depending on vessel size. If you're in the market for a small 2-5K sailboat ( and there's a huge inventory selection of used stuff), you can deduct the cost of storage,haul out, and cleaning off the top if you buy before the owner makes that commitment. After he/she have plunked down that money
, they are less motivated to accept a low ball offer and will be more inclined to use the boat the following season.
This is mostly true. I haven't seen the asking price
go down just because winter is approaching, but the seller may be much more willing to bargain to get it sold before they have to spend the money on winter haulout.
But, if they're already asking a really low price
(like $5000 for ex.) What's better? Getting it for $4000 then putting it up for winter yourself? or offering maybe $4500 After it's already been laid up and storage paid for the season?
I paid the winter storage/haulout for my boat when I bought it. Considered it part of the deal, but it was still a really good price after everything was settled, so I was happy. However, If I had waited 2 or 3 more weeks (and nobody else bought it), I could have given him the asking price and saved myself $900.
It all really just depends on the immediate situation. But I do see a lot more boats go up on the market at the end of the season. Particularly on the lower end of the market.