It's a difficulty in this market because boats are suddenly grossly over-priced. For example, a boat I've had my eye on that's been languishing in the yard for the past 3 years at a posted price of $25,000 (an eminently reasonable price for this particular boat), suddenly this week has been jacked up to $45,000. <Sigh>
Mike O'Reilly (as usual) is absolutely right. Some homework will be involved. Look at good, bristol versions of the boat you want. What are they priced at? Look at poor/old versions. What is their price?
I do know that a bristol Pacific Seacraft
34 is just about to be sold
for $74K after being on the market all Summer for $89K. I think the offer/counteroffer process had begun in July, however, before boat prices became unrealistic.
The other suggestion I have for some self-leavening is to look at a particular price - say the $25,000 I was considering. Then take that dollar amount out for a spin and ask yourself: What other boats (similar size, condition) could I get for that same dollar amount? It helps you determine if the seller is being reasonable (and if you are being reasonable potentially spending that amount for the boat you want).
One thing I'll also pass along that I learned from someone on this Forum: Don't let yourself be seduced by a seller who has "recently installed the [top of the line/expensive] gee-gaw", if it's a component that's already meant to be on the boat. If they installed a $10,000 golden flushing head
, that's on them. If the boat is meant to have a head
, the seller doesn't get to add $10,000 to the selling price just because he's installed a $10,000 head.
Any enhanced gear
that is inherent to the boat does not get to be added up into some inflated selling price just because the seller has recently bought and installed new and wants to pass that cost along to the buyer.
That's flawed math. Don't fall for it.
Good luck finding your new boat!