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Re: How to sell a 32 foot Downeast sailboat

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Originally Posted by shansen5 View Post
I have a 1977 Downeast 32 sailboat here in Bellingham, Washington. I bought it for $23,000 in 2005. I've loved the boat and never wanted anything more than what this is. Circumstances now say that I should sell it. I thought I'd see if I could get opinions on what path to take in doing so.

I've put a new Yanmar engine in it in 2008, just over 500 hours now. I added a Dickinson heater, put on a dodger, several other fix-ups. The sails are functional but very old and have been patched several times. A friend has the same boat, one year newer, and has been all over the south Pacific for the past 5 or so years. They are well-built boats.

I'd like to think I could get $20,000 for it. I haven't started to look around to see what boats are now selling for, though, so I don't know if that expectation is reasonable.

Do you think I should use a broker, craigslist, or what other means to sell it?

Ive always used craigslist although on boats cheaper than yours...

I have always paid attention to the market...im under the impression things are getting better again...so people can get better prices as a seller.

yachwtord is another great place you can do this and people really do search for boats on there...

a broker is great but make sure he knows your boat and boat style...sometimes brokers are worth squat if they never focus or sell boats like yours...

good luck

ps. if the market is good I see no reason you couldnt expect to get close to what you bought the boat for, especially since it has been repowered in fact you could get more...

but a 32 footer for 25k or so is steep nowadays or at least in general terms, prices in washington are on average 25-30% higher than say in the san francisco bay area...

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