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eherlihy 05-01-2007 12:33 PM

WHERE did you find your boat?
I've been looking for the right boat for me and my family. I have figured my budget, and size, and focused upon a specific make, model and year range (1985-1991). One issue that I have not read about is where people find boats, and what resources are best.

I have been searching Yachworld listings, but these appear to only be broker listings. I've read here, and other places horror stories about brokers. I have also found this tool: Sail Boat Listings to search all US CraigsList sites, and :cool: Unfortunately, I have found that the listings in YachtWorld are far more easily searchable than the free-sailboat-listings tool. :confused:

My question to the community is this; If you were looking for a 35-40 foot cruising sailboat in the US, where would you look?

Thanks in advance!


camaraderie 05-01-2007 12:44 PM

I would look on yachtworld and find the boat. I would not worry about a broker. I would just assume they either don't know anything or will say anything to make a sale. Just make an offer on a boat you like regardless of the broker and get yourself a damn good surveyor and engine mechanic and make your decision. You may actually end up with a good broker who canhelp the transaction along but it is best to assume nothing and check everything.
Since you know the specific make and model you want...why not google it and see what appears?
and Soundings Online

Bump 05-01-2007 12:46 PM

Where to look
Found mine by walking the docks in my sailing area. I am also a subscriber to Soundings which has extensive used boat listings on a localized basis. Ask around and see if you can find a good broker. Thay are not all bad. Let us know where you would like to look and I am sure someone knows a decent broker.

avazquez 05-01-2007 12:54 PM

In the begining I had made up my mind on a C&C Redline 41 but those where nearly impossible to find....then I tried the Newport 41 and looked in all the classifieds in the internet, even travelled from Puerto Ruico to Newport RI to see a coulple of them only to find that they were in very poor condition. After about a year searching for the right boat all over the internet I found a boat a couple of miles away from my home that was not a C&C or a Newport or a Tartan at the right price and ended up getting more for less.

What I am trying to tell you is to be open minded in terms of a particular brand. If it's going to be a used boat, look for one that is in a reasonable condition and be flexible, otherwise you may spend a lot of time trying to find a specific boat. Also LOOK EVERYWHERE you never know where the best deal is.........


TrueBlue 05-01-2007 12:56 PM

Yachtworld's advanced search engine allows a shopper to focus the search on custom specifics. In our situation, from extensive online research, I knew that I wanted a Nauticat 33 and eventually inspected a total of five different broker listed NC33s, from New England to Florida. We took our time and after contacting the brokers and physically inspecting each one, we formed tangible comparisons of age, price, accessories and layout.

Upon returning home in 2004, after inspecting the 4th one in Western Connecticut, we were frustrated from not finding the ideal model we wanted. Ironically, that very day, a new listing appeared on yachtworld . . . moored just three miles from our home.

Long story short - I called the listing broker, inspected it the very next day and closed on it shortly after survey. We got the boat with the best layout, in great condition, at an unbeatable price. Yachtworld is a wonderful tool.

SailorMitch 05-01-2007 12:58 PM

Here in Chesapeake country, there's a great freebie sailing publication called SpinSheet. It's available at marinas, bars, restaurants, etc. all over the place. Comes out monthly, and is widely read. It has many pages of boats for sale, both through brokers and private sellers. There probably is something similar up there. Dawg should know.

Also, if you know the manufacturer you want, join the email list here on Sailnet and tell people what you are looking for. Word of mouth works, too.

I found my current boat by happenstance. I owned a Pearson 27 and had decided (after years of looking and researching) that I wanted a P-33-2 for "the" next boat. But I was in no hurry and checked out boats as I found out about them. I also was working with a broker. At that time I was commodore of the Pearson Sailing Association of the Chesapeake Bay, and a lady called me one day to ask if she and her husband could list their P-33-2 in the "for sale" section of the PSA website. I told her that they could -- if they joined and paid dues of $25. She was too cheap to do that of course, but she brightened up when I told her I was looking for a P-33-2 and wanted to come see it. I bought it about 3 months later.

TrueBlue 05-01-2007 01:03 PM


Here in Chesapeake country, there's a great freebie sailing publication called SpinSheet.
I actually read an outstanding review of my boat in SpinSheet - even saved a copy of the article on my hard drive. That's what first sold me on the model.

SailorMitch 05-01-2007 01:36 PM


Originally Posted by TrueBlue
I actually read an outstanding review of my boat in SpinSheet - even saved a copy of the article on my hard drive. That's what first sold me on the model.

Must be one of Jack Hornor's reviews. He does a great job with those. He's an ace surveyor and also a naval architect -- which is one reason I always recommend him when people come on here asking for a surveyor in the Annapolis area.

FWIW, when I was first thinking about owning a boat, I seriously looked at the Nauticats. I like the 33 very much, but I fell in love with the older model 38. But I eventually realized that something cheaper was a tad more realistic. :)

Giulietta 05-01-2007 01:36 PM

Build one.....can't go wrong there

labatt 05-01-2007 01:41 PM

I had phenomenal luck with my broker. I started by looking myself. Each boat I looked at was being shown by a broker. Finally I broke down and spoke with the one that seemed to know his stuff and care the least bit about whether we bought a boat - he just wanted to make sure we were happy with what we were buying. He'd tell us the good AND the flaws with each model we looked at. The nice thing about having a broker is that he could take our specifications and find the boats for us. We still had full control over the actual sale and offer. There was never ANY pressure to buy.

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