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Old 07-27-2012
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Re: sailboat profits

everything is negotiable.

Is the boat sitting at the dealer, being built or scheduled to be built or just a number....? All will determine what the list price is to you, the buyer. There is no set amount even within the same manufacturer.....each dealer (just like cars) gets kicks and has their own margins to cover. Some dealers agree to sell a certain number of boats, and depending on where and how many they have according to that plan will determine the absolute bottom sales price. After sales prices vs advertised list prices will generally show 6-16% margins...not that you will get that every time...

The more gadgets you "order" will allow them more leeway, as well as more profit for them. Most of the boats will be very basic equipped from the factory and the extras are done by the selling dealer's yard, or one nearby at a cost to them.

After market installs, if you can find good people, are almost always cheaper than through the dealer, as you will be "paying" for the install twice - once to the dealer a percentage, and then to the installer AND, and this is a big AND....you now have TWO people who will point fingers WHEN something fails....Make sure you get in writing WHO the warranty is through and how it is maintained.

In this market you would be remiss to NOT look at used boats. There are several in our area that are better than new, and at a significant price reduction over new....

Best of luck
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