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post #4 of Old 01-13-2003
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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.
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