Best time to buy
Fall is NE is the best. People that have decided to sell their boats are REALLY motivated before they''ve paid for winter storage etc.
Having just been through this (buying and selling a boat in NE last season), I can tell you that I would have been thrilled to find a buyer in the fall. It would have saved me six months of payments and winter storage. For me that added up to about $4K, that I would have been happy to negotiate around.
In the spring it cuts BOTH ways. The people that have just paid for a winter on a boat they don''t want STILL are motivated to dump them, although they''re into it for more money. There are more buyers around though, as people realize they don''t have a boat for the new year either. So the motivated seller can be a little more picky in the spring since there is more activity.