Originally Posted by jens_elsborg
I am - like many others - looking for the perfect blue water
cruiser (in the 40-46 ft range). Do you know of alternative sites to Yachtworld.com that might have boats not offered there....?
your profile does not show your area, but if you were on the west coast
of the U.S. for example, you would pay very special attention to "Latitude 38", "San Diego Log", and others depending on your search center and radius. And particularly to the local "throwaway" boating
rags found in specific harbors.
a yacht in a far distant harbor is not to be undertaken lightly. Unless one is free to travel, with no other commitments, it is wise to at first limit your search.
Focusing your search on areas easy to access from your home is desirable. Launching your own inflateable boat
can provide access to all the yachts in a harbor, and increase the chances of finding a boat "for sale
by owner". Looking at a list of specifications and a few photos is one thing--being down there among the boats will give you an immediate and intimate communication with each boat. And you will meet new friends who might help you. The worst that can happen is they'll invite you out for a sale
To the degree which you perform the due dilligence will you be rewarded with one of the greatest feelings in the world--the satisfaction of knowing you have bought the right boat.