I am new here and looking for some advice (of course). I live in the Annapolis area and am looking at getting my first sailboat. The boat that I like the most so far says it is a 1975 Bristol 28 - however; production of the 28 stopped in '74 I think; and the broker can't find the HIN number (this is a problem in and of itself).
The current listing price is 11+, which the boat is in good shape (relatively)-but without the HIN number (sidebar-I thought HINs were required after 73) does that hurt the value.
I have looked at the NAPA value of this Hull-but I was wondering if anyone knew the "real world" value and if it is best to negotiate before or after the survey.
Any and all advice is welcome before I take the dive. Cheers!