I just got back on this forum and have enjoyed this thread - lot of good thoughts.
Yes, there are a LOT of cats out there, but each brand is quite different, and each buyer has his own needs. We spent years looking, first at monos, then cats, chartered and traveled to some great parts
of the world (Carib, Greece
, South Africa
, Malaysia) to try out boats. We finally decided the best boat for a cruising couple like us (in our 50s) was a Manta
and bought one in 2006. Manta
produced about 8 boats a year since 1994, and even the early ones are in very good condition because they've always been designed for owners, never for charter
. They're loaded with cruising goodies and comforts you'd never see in a 4-cabin, 4-head ex charter
boat. Like the PDQs, Atlantics, Catanas, Broadblues and other low-production, owner-focused boats, they are high-end, but seem to be holding values, or at least losing them at a slower rate. I have been tracking prices and have a list on our website that shows asking prices for the past 8 months or so, though I do not often get final sold prices. (If you're interested in Mantas you can checkout MantaCatamaransForSale.com.)
Whether you buy new or used, the 'extras' can add $100,000 or more very quickly - watermaker
, solar panels
, good dinghy+engine, good electronics
........ You are more likely to find these goodies on an owner-version boat, though some Robertson-Cane, Lagoon
and FPs do have them.
Also, location is a key factor in purchase of a boat. Even if you can save $30,000 do you really want to buy a boat in Curacao
, if you want to use it in the US or even the Bahamas
? (Our Manta list is broken down by location - USEC, USWC, Caribbean
Brokers take 10% of the sale
price, so buying
direct certainly has a financial impact on both buyer and seller.
Good luck to everyone reading this - both buyers and sellers.....