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Old 02-07-2020, 08:03   #1
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My wife and I (mostly myself ) are getting more interested in buying a preowned cat for the family. We wanted to make a little trip to south florida to get a hands-on feel for the different preowned options. We would carve out a 36 hour period for dedicated touching and feeling (and smelling) different layouts. I have done an embarrassing amount of online research but its time get a true feel for the different models (and not be rushed). I say this last part because I visited an FP Salina 48 but only had a 30 min window to look through... hardly a proper evaluation. We have bareboat chartered a number of monos, Lagoon 450S, 450F and 400S2 owners version.

Anyhow, I can go about this a couple different ways.

1) a little background, I buy and sell aircraft for a living - very familiar with this type sales process, and comfortable without a true buyer's rep - tho if I go this way I would need to arrange all my own viewings which would be an undertaking - or to keep it simple do I call all the usual suspects of large broker shops and arrange viewings of the boats they have on their "catamaran rows"? But then I miss out on boats that are for sale by owner or at smaller broker shops...

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2) do I call a true broker that will keep MY best interests in mind to set this all up? I have read all over the internet and youtube this is hard to come by. If I call a large sales broker we all know they will be incentivized to push their listings and not show a competitor's listing.

Share thoughts on above AND if you know of a buyers rep/broker who is not affiliated with a large sales broker who WILL keep MY best interests in mind. Would love to hear from your experience.

Thank you kindly in advance.

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We would carve out a 36 hour period for dedicated touching and feeling (and smelling) different layouts.

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I spent close to 36 weeks looking at different boats before I settled on my Seawind. The boats were in three different states and a dozen cities.
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I would not limit yourself to one broker. He has other things to do to be tied up for too long. Let the listing broker show you each boat. make a list and a travel route. It's hard to see a lot in 1-2 days. Especially with the heat.

I don't really believe in a buyer's broker unless you are a totally naive newbie.

Keep your eyes open when going to see a boat, you may see others nearby on the docks you can return to investigate!
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