i watched the boat i now have go from a 39,995 purchase
by po to a lot less. the boat moved to my next door mooring
ball in 2004, dec..... the guy and i became friends, as neighbors often do, and i supported him for 2 yrs and cat and boat sat another 2 yrs, while boat did nothing except get hit by its other next door neighbor... oops....
and then i watched him blow up the westerfreke 107 that was in it.. nice n spectacular detonation leaving a beautiful guinness stout holder in the block. niiice hole just behind starter so one was not able to see the beauty of it all... oil
everywhere, ingrained into the fg.. oops.....
and so i watched an d didnt hold my breath. he was a bigger pig than i am. oops again.
as i had an ericson
35mII, and eanted to cruise
a 40 ft boat, i decided to lift
this off the mans overly preoccupied with other things mind. first bid i made was 15000 usd as i knew his purchase
then we went to more neglect. i offered up the price i get for ericson
as purchase price.
ericson went onto market the day before the market caved .. ok
ericson was on market for 7 years, finally sold in 2014 for 4650 usd. ok.
good thing i made sure the boat was mine clear before i sold the other for sooo cheap
, he took the ultimate 4650 in stride and i am free and clear.,... this is a rare deal but these are findable.
before y e go out seeking this kinda deal, aint gonna happen.i lucked out biig time.
you CAN find deals , but ye have to search under a lot of rocks in life to find em and they drop into your lap when ye least expect it.
. mine did.
my search took me from 1990 until 2004.
so ..... yes finding a boat is easy--gods know i owned many boats from 1990 until this one, in 2008. keep your eyes open and your wallet tightly wrapped.
you never know what you might be able to get away with.
yes it is a project
boat-- but that is what i wanted, as long a sit sailed.
so new engine
, 108--2500 usd
new foredeck backing plate-- 200 usd
new bulkhead for anchor
llocker--100 usd. in san diego
on moorings using neighbor as worker. neighbor was friend.. lol...
so now i have rebuilt my 2500 usd 4-108 i bought in 2009, rebuild
was under 4000 usd, in mexico
, included other items not usually included in rebuilding ... (injector pump
and heat exchanger and lift pump
there are many things one is able to do iff one has the standuptoitness needed to do this, and brass in pocket.
yes it is work, but the labor of love invested aint gonna kill ye and the boat will be better for your work. AND, added benefit--once ye rebuild
a boat, you know a lot more about everything than before... and you get what you want, not what is out there.
and so the answer to the question of how much to offer--is moot. it depends on the boat and the owner you are trying to steal that boat from. if he is iggurunt on boats, as was my po, winners never lose, you get it cheaper than if you go to a bludy bleed-ye broker
out for his cut of the action. (i da had a 32 wetsnail, BEAUTIFULLY appointed, neglected for 26 yrs, only had bottom cleaning
and painted over that time, for 26000 usd--- i wanted it for 10k, no go. broker
wanted his cut, so f*** me. ok on to another boat. i still dream of those beautiful appointments that boat had to offer. was a perfect girlee boat with stained glass, and rebuildable groco everythings. pullman berth in bow, not a vee.. was perfect-- lotsa built in storage
cabinetry and ... but the price was too high. remember it was neglected 26 yrs. i offered 10k and was laughed out the room. but that was good. i got a boat of similar build quality for much less. the boat i have now is a lot easier to repair than was the wetsnail, and has easier access to all parts
.. i win. so i can rebuild a decent boat in a decent place for rebuilding boats and i will have exactly what i want for less than i would have had to pay fro a beautiful yet needy version of same boat.
it takes a long time to actually find the boat you want. most folks hurry up the process and find they dislike what they purchased. go figger.
seek and ye shall find exactly what you need damn near in your lap. and at the correct for you price.