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Buying a Sailboat from the Great Lakes
I purchased a 33'' X-Yacht in 1998 and moved it to MA. Buying a freshwater boat has some advantages providing that it''s maintained properly.
1). If the engine is raw water cooled, then there is far less corrosion in the cooling/exhaust systems.
2). Saltwater boats ususally suffers from a greater degree of corrosion of all metal surfaces. The standing rigging, the mast and boom, lifelines & turnbuckles.
3). Most Great lakes boats are only in the water for 4 - 5 months a year vs. 12 months for a Florida boat for example. Far less wear/tear.
As a result, BUC usually puts the value on a Great Lakes boat 20% higher than the value of a year round saltwater boat.
Best of luck.