Join Date: Apr 2009
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Re: what are the best resources to find used sailboats
It depends on your price range.
Under $15,000: Craigslist
Between $12,000-$35,000: Sailboatlistings
Between $25,000-infinity: Yacht World
I second the advice to focus on new postings. Well-maintained used boats tend to sell fast.
I found my boat through a tip, but the boat had also recently been posted on Sailboatlistings so I would have found it there as well.
Now that I own a boat in a marina myself, I would add 'walking around big marinas looking at boats with 'For Sale' signs and talking to their neighbors to the list of search methods. Before I had a boat myself, I didn't realize how much marina neighbors know about each other. For instance, I have a two neighbors with boats for sale. One is a guy I run into all the time, who has been fixing up this boat for years and about to buy a bigger boat. The other person I've never seen nor met and would have to speculate hasn't been on top of maintenance either.
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