Originally Posted by benjmin
No offence to any of you. But I have as of yet ever met an honest sales person. And as the owner you are an opposing side. When I was shopping I only delt with one owner and that was a mistake because he thought his boat was made of pure gold. And he will keep that boat. Btw he had been trying to sell it for 3 years a local broker informed me. Enough said.
This is a buyers market. And I wanted to make sure the O.P. aware of this. Of course sellers don't want buyers to know this. When I was shopping all the boats I visited had been for sale between 2-6 years.
If you use a broker, the owner will not be there anyway. And the advice I gave keeps the broker from relaying to the owner anything positive after the showing. Which helps when you make a low offer.
Hate me if you want for telling the truth. But brokers informed me of lots of stuff when I was being quiet and not speaking. A boat for sale is a huge financial burden for the owner. They are having to pay slip fees, bottom scraping fees, insurance and property taxes every year. On top of regular maintaince this is money the owner will never see again. Not in this market.
Sailboats are sold for 2 main reasons.
- the owner is in financial trouble = needs money ASAP
- the owner wants a bigger boat = they want to buy said boat ASAP
Now go forth my fellow preowned boat buyers! Go forth and aquire your dream sailboat at record low prices!
Oh, to be young again and positive I knew everything.