BUYING OLDER BOATS & MARKET TIMING
John & Jeff, thanks so much for those well
considered responses. Your remarks, naturally
prompt other questions/issues.
Do the seasoned sailors pay the fair prices
and new to the sport/lifestyle higher prices?
Or is it really an issue of how much money you have?
People, self included for a while, often feel
that Practical Sailor reviewers were
unbiased and the mass press, Cruising World,
Sail, etc. would not be honest because of
their boat manufacturing advertisers. How
much do these reviews massage the market?
Parts, insurance, etc. I recently talked to
a marine loan broker about buying older boats. The eyebrows started to twitch when I
mentioned a few boats 20 years+. The repair
BB of SailNet often has messages regarding
the possible necessity to custom make parts.
When you folks say big 3, I assume you mean
Beneteau, Catalina, and Hunter. I''ve heard
C & H criticized for cheap manufacturing
and that the used Bs are overpriced. FEW
articles on buying cruisers list any Bs or Hs
on their A list.
(Aside) Ironically, Beneteau marketed an
Evasion model (almost a motorsailor) which
bombed in the US but its layout would work
quite nicely for aging boomers.