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Old 07-12-2006
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Well, you could go with a survey, and see the results... and then compare it to the comparable prices on other boats of similar size, age and condition.

Of course, any serious problems in the survey should lead to a corresponding drop in the price.

Generally, IMHO your offer should be about twice the difference from what you are really willing to pay for the boat... that way, if they meet you halfway, then you'll be paying what you think is the right price. Of course, this is not set in stone. If the boat has been on the market for a while, then I would drop the amount a bit...if the boat is a particularly popular, classic, or rare model—then you should probably adjust the offer upwards a bit. YMMV.
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