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Old 31-08-2014, 12:04   #1
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Re-sellable Catamaran

I'm sure "re-sellable" isn't a word.. but hopefully you all will know what I'm talking about...

When you are purchasing a cat, are there any features that make it more desirable to future purchases? I hear of so many catamarans that have been on the market for years, and I want to do my best to make sure the catamaran we purchase is easily sellable.

So, what do you think helps a catamaran sell quickly? and what causes it to be stuck on the market for years?
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Old 31-08-2014, 12:20   #2
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I'm sure "re-sellable" isn't a word.. but hopefully you all will know what I'm talking about...

When you are purchasing a cat, are there any features that make it more desirable to future purchases? I hear of so many catamarans that have been on the market for years, and I want to do my best to make sure the catamaran we purchase is easily sellable.

So, what do you think helps a catamaran sell quickly? and what causes it to be stuck on the market for years?



Seeing everyone has different "features" they find desirable, an attractive price would be # one. Price it too high, and even once you lower that price, it becomes more difficult to sell. Just like real estate and cars.
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Old 31-08-2014, 12:28   #3
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So, what do you think helps a catamaran sell quickly? and what causes it to be stuck on the market for years?
Wrong reason to purchase a Cat in the first place.

Buy it because YOU like it.

Owners versions seem to command a touch more in any market. Apart from that it is always supply and demand. No demand, it doesnt matter if you have the best..... it wont sell. Look at the housing market....... some one will ALWAYS buy property at rock bottom price, but you have to give it away.
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Re: Re-sellable Catamaran

The most popular models will sell sooner, because most popular pretty much defines most sold. This makes their value easier to determine, and thus easier to underprice one to sell it quickly.

For example, I just sold a Ford Taurus the same day I posted it, because everyone knows it was cheap. My electric Porsche hasn't sold for months, because almost nobody knows what it is worth even if the price in fact is low.
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Old 31-08-2014, 13:08   #5
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Re: Re-sellable Catamaran

Agree with above. Stay mainstream and don't fall in love until after you bought it (easier said than done). Having said that, love is a wonderful thing and we do love our boats.
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Re: Re-sellable Catamaran

The only criteria to sell anything is price. You could sell a sunken boat for $1. The trick is to find a diamond in the rough. One you like, but needs a bit of cleaning.

I'm not saying you should buy a derelict, but if it just needs new covers for the cushions, a little wax, a couple of new hoses - those are all minor issues. The expensive stuff includes sails, rigging, engines and sail drives. If any of that needs replacement/repair, the price better reflect it or have the seller replace it before the sale.

If you've scored a great deal on the boat you love, you'll still be ahead if/when it's time to sell and you get market price for it. Apparently 20 yr old cats sell for more than when they were new, so buy a 15 yr old one, enjoy it for 5 yrs and make a profit.
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[QUOTE=weavis;1618006]Wrong reason to purchase a Cat in the first place.

Buy it because YOU like it. /QUOTE]

I agree to a point. I certainly want to buy the boat I love, but with such a huge depreciating purchase, I have to think about resale. I don't want to have to give my boat away just to get rid of it.
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