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My wife and I are looking for our first boat - 30ish foot family cruiser, and we think it will probably make sense to get some help from a broker. We live in southern Rhode Island, and we'd appreciate any recommendations or advice.

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We had a good experience when buying from the PO through his broker - John Osetek at Boatworks Yacht Sales.
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Try Glenn Walters at Bluenose Yacht Sales in Newport.
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I just bought a 1978 Bristol 29.9 from Ken Hilton of Standish Boat Yard in Tiverton, RI.

He made the process very easy for me.

FYI the Bristol 29.9 is a 30ish family cruiser; I think they are great.
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I worked the Mark Edwards of Cape Yachts last spring to purchase my boat. I found Mark to be a extremely helpful. With his experience working for a boat builder for many years, he also provided some great insight into the various options. Good luck wih your boat search.

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I'm not going to post my guy, as I've been hearing some real mixed feedback about him lately. It's now been years, since I actually used him, but the trades in the area all seem to have a problem. Not sure it's legit or not, because I find most of the trades in the area to be awful too, but enough that I'm not going to take the chance.

As for advice, understand these guys almost exclusively work for the seller. They can be very helpful, some are more honest than others.

One strategy I've always liked is this. If you have a brand that you like and it's still made, see if the nearest dealer has a used broker on their staff. Sure, they'll first want to see what they have, but they often know every boat available and more about them than you would ever know. If you have a couple of brands, it's okay to make it clear that you are working with them on only brand X.

However, do not use multiple brokers without disclosure. They can and often do put a significant amount of time into finding you a boat. If you then buy through another, or they sense their odds are low with you, your calls will not be returned. You become a waste of their time. They do need to make a living and return calls to better prospects first.


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We had a good experience when buying from the PO through his broker - John Osetek at Boatworks Yacht Sales.
I would second Joe's recommednation of John, we bought through him last year and I felt he was a fair and reasonable guy to work with, seems to know the area coastal cruising market well.

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+1 Glenn Walters at Bluenose Yacht Sales in Newport
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