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New search engine for sailboats

All,

I created a tool to help me in my sailboat search and I thought I'd share it with you all: sailboatlocator.com (sorry can't post link because this is my first post). It runs on a fairly small server and it's still in beta so I'm not sure what will happen if it gets heavier traffic but I guess we'll see. It uses gmail authentication so you need a gmail address to use it.

The problem: I have a list of about 30 boats that I'm interested in (I'm still at a very preliminary stage of my search). Going on yatchworld, sailboatlistings, boat trader and querying these 30 boats ends up in a total of 90 queries, takes too much of my time.

sailboatlocator.com provides a solution: you enter a list of sailboat you are interested in (it supports about 6000+ types of sailboat at this point) and enter a list of states you are considering (e.g., Washington state and Oregon), and the search engine gives you a nice summary of all boats which match your search. It does so by querying other search engines periodically, and it can email you if a new boat arrives on the market.

There can be a delay of 15-60 minutes between the time you create a search and the time results start appearing since it needs to query other engines.

It only works in the US for now. Feel free to use it and send me feedback if you have any (e.g., if you have issues, think of new features or if you know of a similar service out there)

Thanks,
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p.s. here's a screenshot of an example search results
imgur.com/KFxEEHh

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Re: New search engine for sailboats

It's a neat concept. I did something similar, but only manually. What sites do you search/monitor?
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Re: New search engine for sailboats

Currently only yachtworld.com and sailboatlistings.com, adding another source is fairly easy although I didn't know what new source would be worth it. Any ideas?
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Re: New search engine for sailboats

Craigslist, sailingtexas, kajiji, boats.com for starters. I used others, too, but don't remember them now!
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Re: New search engine for sailboats

Adding boats.com and sailingtexas.com should be straightforward. Craigslist and kijiji might be a bit more tricky since parsing classified ads is trickier, but I think it would add a lot of value to the tool. Definitely adding that to my todo list.
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Re: New search engine for sailboats

You could also throw in ebay, latitude 38, catamaransite, and others I'm probably forgetting at the moment.
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Re: New search engine for sailboats

I like it. You should turn it into an android app.

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Re: New search engine for sailboats

Actually, two other places to consider are the want-ads here and over on Cruisers Forum. CF's classifieds seem to get a good bit of traffic.
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Re: New search engine for sailboats

It would be nice if the Terms of Service said you weren't going to use our email accounts for any other purposes...
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Re: New search engine for sailboats

Thanks thesnort and jimgo, I'll add these to do my list of sources to consider.

Alex W: I just added a terms of service that I picked from here: automattic.com/privacy . It's available under the Creative Common Sharealike license so I just replaced Automattic by SailboatLocator.com. In summary, I guarantee I won't share the emails with anyone. At this point, I'm only using the emails to send notifications when new boats get on the market, and there's an unsuscribe button for that. Let me know if you have other questions about terms of service.
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