Without going into actual details, we agree there may actually be no good buys in any specific size / age / bracket. Huh?
Example: You want to buy a competitive race
ready Opti for less than 500 USD. This is NOT happening. A racing
sail alone costs you upwards of 500 USD. A race
ready competitive Opti boat may cost upwards of 5k.
The same rule
applies to bigger boats. Except this time there will be many complicated and expensive systems that, should you insist on them being in a perfect working order, will cost much more than many prospective owners can imagine. That Harken winch
at 10k is 10k on the shelf only. Once you chuck in fitting, commissioning and a kit of spares ...
Big boats, big systems, big money
. This is ALSO one of the many reasons why some boats are for sale
: their owners have finally discovered they can afford to BUY a boat but they cannot afford to have one.
Boats are 'for sale' for a reason. Most often the reason is the dream died, and it died some time ago. Interestingly, nearly every time I come across a boat that shines, one I could steel
... she is not 'for sale'.
A large, possibly major, portion of boats for sale
are boats that are some years past their bristol best. They will never again be bristol and will, in their mass, only get worse over time.
No wonder then that when one wants a bracket specific boat, it may not exist, or else be very difficult to find and get. For good boats in bristol condition and priced 'low' sell first. The remaining ones spend months and often years, waiting for another naive dreamer.
Over last ten years or so, I helped to find, survey
and buy a handful of boats. The more 'bracketed' the buyer, the less likely the deal. I have zero challenge finding good +50' boats. I have zero challenge finding good boats for less than 10k. Read my lips. ;-)