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Old 05-01-2007
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Mitch,
Yes, the article/review was written by Jack Hornor and if we had bought the boat in your area, I would definitely have tried to engage him as our surveyor.

I ended up finding a good surveyor up in Maine and didn't mind paying extra for his travel expenses, because he was also very knowledgable with Nauticats.

The NC38 is a great boat - and just a bit over our budget. Actually, the NC33 was too - but boats have a strange way of warping our priorities.
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I bought from a 'mom & pop shop' a couple hours away. The owner is active in local lake sailing association, racing leagues, great reputation, etc.

Paid a little more than street price, but concerns I had with bulkhead rot & swing keel mechanism (30yr old boat) were addressed impressively.
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I found my boat in a local rag, ie 48Degreesnorth, I am assuming similar to the mag trueblue mentioned that is local in the chesapeak bay area. 48north is availible locally in the puget sound area. There are some listings on that website that have not always made it to yachtworld.

I found the local broker to be excellent. He had all kinds of info for a new boat owner buying in the keel class vs trailerable/dinghy class of boats. Like all things, some brokers are excellent, others...stay way from them with a 10' or longer pole!

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Owners lists

We looked on yacht world for months. Then we found an owners list online and emailed everyone on it asking if they might be considering selling. After a trip down to S.California we ended up getting a response from a guy only a few hours away in Tacoma. No broker, no other buyers, just simple negotiations and a sale.
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To clarify, it was a Newport owners list on a site that listed all capital yachts boats. Lots of people out there with boats that aren't on the market but would be for sale if someone asked
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Newport41 reminded me of a fellow in the local yachtclub, He wanted to trade up his smaller Jboat for a J37?, cannot remember the size of the top of my head, he emailed all the owners of the Jboat he wanted thru out the US every so often. After about a year, he found someone wanting to sell. Bought it, and had it shipped here locally.

More than one way to find what you are looking for, persistance is the main key to finding what you want in the end.

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I would say that at least 99% of the boats we looked at, we found on Yachtworld. Whenever, I found something that might be interesting, I'd search the brokers inventory and make a list of all the boats we might want to look at while we were there. Then while we were there, we'd look around and ask if there where any others they thought we should look at that were similarly sized/priced. The boat we ended up buying was not one that was on our list, but was one of the ones we found while at the brokerage. Although we really liked the boat immediately, the asking price was above our comfort level, so we didn't seriously consider it.

However, even though we didn't exactly find the boat using Yachtworld, we were able to see on YW when the seller reduced his asking price. We remembered the boat because we really liked the layout, O'day had as good a reputation as the other boats in our price range and this boat was cleaner and had fewer obvious problems than just about any other boat we could afford. So in that sense, Yachworld played a signficant part in "finding" our boat.
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Found mine floating behind a neighbors house when I was 13. He wanted 3k for it then. Worked on him for the following few years, and picked it up for 1 k. Might try boattrader.com as well, found a few boats I flipped on there.

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Got ours through Yachtworld. Bought it in spite of the broker. Met a lot of brokers and have a very low opinion of all of them. The ones that are knowledgeable were all dishonest. The honest ones were totally uninformed...no easy way to do it - you can deal with a broker that lies or you can deal with an owner that might lie. Find a good surveyor and don't believe too much of what the vendor/broker tells you. I found that the Owners Associations for a couple of boats we were serious about was a very good resource. Contacted one PO of a boat, and based on his information, which confirmed our surveyor's suspicions, we were able to avoid a bad purchase.
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I stole my boat.

My friend was so infatuated with his 62 steel-hulled ketch, that he did not notice me buying his boat from him for about 25% of what the local market would have brought him!

Seriously, I got a great deal from a good friend who wanted to keep his boat "in the family" so to speak.

My advice is to go to some marina's with patio bars and start networking. Buy the couple at the bar or the next table a round, introduce yourself, drop them a business card, and tell them what you are looking for. Chances are that if you do that for a while, someone will know a "friend of a friend" and put you in touch with the seller of your future boat.
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