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Re: Why Are Boats In Europe Cheaper?

Yachtworld boats are pretty much always listed through a broker. In the US brokers usually have a 10% fee with a $2k minimum, making it unusual for sellers to use a broker for a boat worth less then $20k.

As a result a lot of boats that are probably worth somewhat less than $20k (like $15k) will be listed for the higher price. Boats that are probably worth less then $10k rarely make it to yachtworld or will be grandly overpriced there.

You should expect to find the less expensive boats on Craigslist, sailboatlistings.com, and other free classifieds services.

The boat that I bought through a broker listed on yachtworld was sold for about 15% under asking, but that is a reference point of 1. I think it had been listed for about 3 months and was going into fall, so the seller was motivated to sell.
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