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Old 11-02-2009, 17:41   #1
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Is it me or is their a shortage of older cruising yachts for sale in the USA. In numbers there are hundreds but having recently sold my boat and looking for another boat all I can find is junk. Usually overpriced and needing a years work minimum. I had a Kelly Petersen which was a top boat but cannot find another one that even comes close as an overall package and they are asking more for them. Iam talking US dollars not after exchange to A$. Looking Monohull sloop/cutter with decent engine not boat anchor (prehistoric Perkins/Westerbeke) requiring transplant.
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Old 11-02-2009, 21:25   #2
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Old 11-02-2009, 22:28   #3
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Did you ever think that you are putting more time and money into one of those boats that could have bought a better boat worth more in the end?
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Old 11-02-2009, 22:36   #4
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I consider putting time and money into my boat part of the getting to know her bit that will help me out when push comes to shove.

Oh - and I enjoy it....
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. Iam talking US dollars not after exchange to A$. .
Did you notice a minor economic collaps that made the Ausie dollar drop from 95 cents american to 65 cents?

Boats that looked good a few months ago now look vastly over priced.


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Old 11-02-2009, 23:54   #6
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I agree that this is the best way to learn about your boat. I also like the older heavy displacement boats. But you have to be realistic, all boats require constant repair, maintenance and upgrades. I am a mechanic and carry out most work myself including refrigeration repairs but even then most of these boats represent huge outlays in $$ just to make them sea worthy. My point is why would you not pay initialy more to get a boat that was originally constructed (modern materials and technique) better subsequently not needing many of those repairs now or in the future?
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MarkJ yes and you are one of the reasons I wrote this post. I did point out that I had looked without doing the exchange. My last boat was purchased at .93c but even at that I cannot find a boat that I think is good value. You commented on another post that you did not want a "thirty year old project boat". Neither do I so those plastic boats are looking much more appealing. How often do you hear people say buy a boat and then open an account at Westmarine. Do they ever really add up the cost of all those little bits and pieces.
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Did you notice a minor economic collaps that made the Ausie dollar drop from 95 cents american to 65 cents?

Boats that looked good a few months ago now look vastly over priced.


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wait another week and they may pay you to take them, the irony is our economy is one of the strongest and least effected. Our banks are under very little pressure due to rigid banking laws. Overseas speculators have been one of the main causes our dollar has crashed.
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I feel your pain, I was very close to making the jump when the Canadian $$ was at $1.08 US, now it's back down to $0.80 I will wait out a bit.

Still lots of boats on the market though, in all price ranges it seems.
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