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Old 17-01-2016, 13:28   #31
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Old 06-02-2016, 03:26   #32
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Lagoon 440 for sale

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I'd be looking for a boat that has already been used for blue water cruising, and whose owners are now retiring or upgrading to another boat. That way you will have most of the necessary blue water and cruising stuff already in place, and their price will relatively low. You might also get a well tested and a more reliable boat than by buying a new one or by trying to build one yourself.

That kind of a boat would be ready to go in the sense that you could sail right away, and add your personal tweaks to it when you feel the need. For those personal needs, and in case you find some problems in the boat, and for all kind of required upgrades and regular maintenance, I support the idea of having a reasonable reserve budget left after buying the boat. In order to minimize the number of expensive problems you will face, hire a good surveyor.
I can't agree more. We will soon put our turn-key, 2007 Lagoon 440 up for sale, after a 4-year circumnavigation. Asking price will be around $280000 (depending on the exchange rate). Please PM me if you are interested.
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