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Old 23-09-2015, 17:34   #16
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

Yeah, the Tavana seems like an interesting boat. I spoke with the owner, he bought it after it sat in the water for 8 years, and he hasn't hauled it, so it's had nine years without a haul out. He has done extensive work on the engine, says it runs good. Head needs work, which is scary. Jib is excellent but main "goes up and down and works fine..."

It's a bit of a crap shoot, but I guess anything is... 9 years in the water makes me nervous though. Thoughts?
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Old 23-09-2015, 17:39   #17
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

Related: anyone have experience with the non-reversing worm gear steering? It seems like a strange way to steer...
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Old 23-09-2015, 20:56   #18
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Yeah, the Tavana seems like an interesting boat. I spoke with the owner, he bought it after it sat in the water for 8 years, and he hasn't hauled it, so it's had nine years without a haul out. He has done extensive work on the engine, says it runs good. Head needs work, which is scary. Jib is excellent but main "goes up and down and works fine..."

It's a bit of a crap shoot, but I guess anything is... 9 years in the water makes me nervous though. Thoughts?

If you are interested, have the boat hauled and ck the bottom. Change thru hulls while out of the water.


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Old 23-09-2015, 22:29   #19
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

There are some tips on finding a boat/searches & searching, as well as viable choices in this thread, & also in the links which it contains.
Best place on the east coast to start hunting for the killer deal
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Old 25-09-2015, 15:48   #20
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Thanks! that thread is very helpful.
It makes me wonder: What has been everyone's experiences in terms of how inflated the asking prices are? For example, nice looking Islander asking 12750, had it posted for a while...
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What's a good place to start making offers in a situation like this? Seems like the thread Uncivilized posted encourages aiming low.
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Thanks! that thread is very helpful.
It makes me wonder: What has been everyone's experiences in terms of how inflated the asking prices are? For example, nice looking Islander asking 12750, had it posted for a while...
Sail boat, 32ft Islander
What's a good place to start making offers in a situation like this? Seems like the thread Uncivilized posted encourages aiming low.
In various other places on here, I've seen some members talking about boats selling for about 15% less than their posted price, but don't hold me to that.
It's definitely a buyer's market, & the prices on boats that have intrigued me (and their sisiter ships) seem to continue to drop (significantly, like from 15-25%, depending upon how long they're up for sale).

Also, there are a number of threads on here regarding the topic/question which you're now raising. And I, personally, would be curious to know what you come up with, including links, if you do a search.

Plus, & this strikes me as key, evidently, you can purchase an access code which will allow you to see what various boats sell for, vs. their original asking price.
I think that it's a tool designed to help brokers & their clients, get reasonable prices for their boats.

A few of the big factors in the actual selling price are;
- How much the seller really wants to sell the boat. Not to stereotype, but sometimes boats are just listed to appease the wife, but the owner doesn't really want to part with it or similar.
- How well/fast other similar boats are moving.
- If it's a type of vessel that's easy to finance, & or resell. As, for example, $35k 40'er's aren't a fast moving class of boat. Where something new, or near to it, likely would be.

And there are other factors too, which you'll discover if you go digging or such info, here in the forums.
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

Interesting thread here, if a bit dated:
Asking Price vs Selling Price
Seems like most agree that ~15-30% difference between asking and selling is the norm. Of course there is always the situation where someone gets a boat for half asking or something crazy.
It does mention lowballing from a place of humility that seems like a good approach. As long as you haven't seriously wasted anyone's time before offering really low.

This process has consumed me. I feel like I can't spend my free time doing anything else. Unfortunately, it requires a good bit of waiting for the right deal to come up. I'm curious, how long do most people shop around before sealing the deal? And similarly, what kind of compromises did you all make when buying?
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