Congrats on the new boat
. Just some thoughts:
I think this is part of the reason sub 30' cruising boats go so cheap
- Pay someone to haul one 1000miles and you will be lucky to get it under $5k by the time you take the whole process into account.
- It sounds good to buy a boat with a trailer
but from what I've seen, most people don't use the trailers so they rot
out sitting in a back yard. To bring them back up to working condition that I would feel comfortable doing hundreds of miles is likely going to eat up $2-3k plus you still need a truck, fuel
and 2-3 days to go haul it yourself. By the time you are done, it's likely going to be close to the $5k range.
- As you've found a new trailer is going to cost more than getting an old trailer up to snuff and you still have the same issues with needing a truck, fuel
If you are talking a 35-40' boat, the shipping
costs aren't much different but that $5k might make be 5-15% of the purchase price
. Get a good deal and you can make up the difference.
With a 25-28' boat, you are probably looking at 30-70% of the purchase price
. Even if you get a great deal, it's still not likely a good deal when you add the shipping. This snowballs because the low prices tend to draw people (not implying you) who don't have the money
to keep up the boat, so they tend to be in worse shape further lowering the prices and making shipping less economical.