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Which is best market place for hunting an offshore sailboat ?

Hello Sailors,

I have this question in my mind. I apologize if it has been discussed many times, but, for a low budget sailor hunting with only one bullet (a.k.a. one flight ticket).

What is the place to visit and walk hunting for a passage maker boat ?

So the best boat will be the best one I can find at the place I arrive. Unfortunately where I live is not an option, because due to import restrictions and market size the offer is very small and extremely expensive.

So, should I go to some port in Spain, France, Greece, Florida, California, or some island in Caribe, or… ? Where is the biggest and best market place to arrive flying and depart sailing ! (avoid spot situation because I will not do at least next 2 years. Where is the Outlet of the sailboats

Kind of boat; Al, steel or plastic in that order.
36-40 foot
Monohull, cutter, sloop, ketche
Draft, as few as possible, no hurry. Priorities; Safety, comfort, simplicity, speed
Budget around 20-30k and considering to put 10k extra for refiting.

Best regards from the Rio de la Plata river, down here in South Atlantic !

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When you are ready to buy your plane ticket, look at the market, and make your choice. Hopefully, there will be a place that has at least a few boat possibilities. You should be able to do most of your shopping on-line.

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San Juan 24.

I think there's a free one somewhere along the Alaskan shore.
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Re: Which is best market place for hunting an offshore sailboat ?

I agree with Barquito. Research online beginning with the type of boat at the top of your list. With your boat budget you're probably looking at an older boat so your refit budget should be bumped up considerably.

yachtworld.com is a good place to start.

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Re: Which is best market place for hunting an offshore sailboat ?

There is a great steel boat here: 1983 Murray Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
Been on the market for more than a year. Great shape. Lots of important gear. I bet you could have it for under 30K easy.

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yachtworld.com is a good place to start.
Although, keep in mind that all of the boats on yachtworld site are being sold by brokers. A lot of the less expensive boats are sold by owners. Craigslist, etc.

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Re: Which is best market place for hunting an offshore sailboat ?

All those thoughts are right, but this is an interesting question for its own sake. Most used sailboats? Probably Florida. He describes a "northern ocean type" boat however and I wonder if he would have more luck in The NE USA/Canada or even in the PNW. (Washington)
Or since the Euro is in the ditch maybe the Med or even in the UK (since the pound took a dive)

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One plane ticket but can you get a car for a few weeks?

Start in Annapolis and head north through ny, ct, ri, an ME.

Probably thousands of boats in your price range.

Also since they are northern boats they get a few months to rest every winter.
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As a foreigner i found the USA very difficult to negotiate with. They looked at me like i was a cash cow to be milked, no negotiating on price, 10% up front to make an offer, and the prices rediculously high.

So i went to the Caribbean and bought a 39 footer cheaper than i could get a 36 footer of tge same brand, year and condition.

So i would look at Grenada, St Martin and the BVIs.

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Re: Which is best market place for hunting an offshore sailboat ?

Thank you all, I´m still in the fog and without GPS. Now I see clearly and understand that it is not so easy question !.
Thanks and see you at the port some day !

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