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post #11 of 15 Old 07-16-2007
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I think it would be a good idea if you were to look for the smallest boat that can handle your plans. The amount of time that it will take you to maintain a boat is fairly significant, and a 30 footer takes way more time and money than a 25 footer. If you do buy an older boat, and you want to be able to get your money out of it, you will need to maintain it fairly well, otherwise it will be difficult to sell.

Have you thought about a Flicka ? These are incredible little boats that can do everything that you want. You would be able to buy a decent one in the range that you are considering, and they definitely hold their value. Boats and Yachts for Sale
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Mark...I am not going to suggest what boat to buy. ANY boat will meet your basic needs so you should simply focus on resale and condition of the boat when you get it.
You should not expect to get your money out of the boat. You will take a 10% hit with broker fees OR you will end up reducing the price on your own to make it more attractive than boats with built brokers fees. You may also expect depreciation of 10% or so over a 3 year period on an older boat if you simply keep it in the condition you bought it. If you fix it up a bit then you might be able to mitigate this but at the expense of time and money.
My advice is to visit your LOCAL brokers web sites and see if they have anything in your price size range and do some looking. Stay with brands you have heard of if resale is important to you! If there is nothing there...check other on line links and Soundings magazine and the local sailing rag like Southwinds/Spinsheet or Lat38 + Boattrader. Do the legwork until you find something you like that LOOKS well maintained. Then check Yachtworld on the boat and see the range of asking prices for similar and recognize that these are all 10-20% high on average. Then make your offer and get your survey done. Get a separate engine survey to protect your resale value.
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Thank you, everyone, for the very helpful insights and feedback. They will certainly help me shape a potential strategy.

In fly fishing we'd say "Tight Lines" as a sign off. I'm not sure if sailing has an equivalent, maybe something like "Full sails and blue skies" to you all (a little wordy, admittedly), but that's the idea. Much appreciation. -Mark
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Suggest a MacGregor 26, simply the best!
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