Originally Posted by killarney_sailor
Ask around about brokers in your area to get some recommendation. Be careful when you contact a broker that he does not just try to sell you one of his listings so he keeps the entire commission. Make sure they realize that they are to be your purchasing broker, ie he helps you determine what boat is right and then finds one for you.
From what you have said I think you need to do a lot more thinking before you are able to get down to specifics, eg cat.vs mono and Hunter/Beneteau vs Hinckley ( the latter is like saying I am considering a Chev, a Toyota, and a Mercedes). From what you say, I think you want a cat and you should be able to get a nice one in your price range (and I am a halfamaran sailor myself). Also note that there is a huge difference in size (and likely cost) between a boat suited for two couples and one suited for at least two couples.
I was thinking the Hunter and Beneteau would be easy to get rid of because they are good well known boats. The Hinckley is known for quality so shouldn't be that hard to get rid of either. I'm reasonably certain this won't be our first and only boat so it's important for me to be able to move up.
But part of that is because I don't know what's moving and isn't for certain. I think the market will stay suppressed and may get worse.
I'll find a buyer's broker.