Originally Posted by Doodles
Was that what you found in general in your search? I hadn't noticed that kind of price different in just looking online but maybe I'm not paying attention.
I've just started looking and had restricted my search to pretty much the US and the Caribbean
, but a 25% price differential would make a European purchase
maybe worth it, especially considering the shorter season they have.
Why such a difference you think??
Our boat was owned by a wealthy man selling because his new boat's delivery
is imminent and i think we were the only potential buyer so he went for our deal. The boat was used as a summer platform for entertaining and getting away from the colder north..Never really motored much nor sailed.......smiles! (I know of two others in this situation) This is a good scenario if you are patient because the outgoing owner gets to tick the "sell the old boat box"....= wifey happy :-)
He was wealthy enough not to be too concerned of losses. I guess he had his dreams as well.
boats are quite often bought new from the dealer and placed in the Med for private use yet under the banner of CHARTER
. We've noticed tax is sometimes not paid as the boat is in Pseudo charter
AND never gets chartered.
I believe paperwork is exchanged showing charters but it's just paper. Their tax rates vary however i've heard upwards of 22% now that's a discount!
Aussie exchange rate is fantastic right now,we sold our house to do this and our timing seemed good as i think the Aussie will slide now for a while.
Med boats seem better in condition we believe seasonal use and lower harshness of UV helps.
A cat we looked at in the states was advertised for 525,000USD we looked at it and eventually declined saying we would only look again at 410,000USD. week later we got the call. I believe that wont be the end of the discount offered as the owner has not maintained her and now he's seeing----- neglect = capital loss.
We researched for 3years so we are confident that in this space and time we know the Lagoon 440
Owners version market quite well. The only boats we are not familiar with are the non internet
ones being sold privately.
Listed prices compared to actual negotiated sale
prices WITH BROKERS in our exercise seem to be 20% HIGHER. Depending on owners circumstance.
One last thing we were cash buyers
, a seller doesn't often like to offer a deal subject to finance preferring certainty to disappointment.
We were not ruthless, we showed respect, in all cases we listed the pro's and con's of each boat. We explained to the broker where the boat lacked equipment
for OUR PURPOSE. We explained that cost and then asked if the buyer was negotiable, some were and some weren't, that's life.
The seller wishes to sail in company when he gets his new boat in three months and meanwhile we have his incredibly positioned marina pen till then as part of the deal.
ALL SMILES HERE.
As i said i know three other boats similar for sale