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Old 09-12-2007
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Buying a boat - what about selling a boat

OK.

Buying a boat. A lot of discussion about "is this good?" - "Is this a good value?"

Well is certainly eaier to buy than to sell.

You can walk away from a bad price or a poor boat. You can pick what you want andgennerally they are easy to find.

Selling - well that is different. First you have a whole lot of people that have reluctantly put boats they love up for sale. Most do not want to sell. Some it is health reasons. Some it is financial. Some the person who loved it has died or become sick and don't really care.

Anyway - interesting side to all this. Boats were historically called SHE because many people imbue them with persnality and traits. Lots go into a boat and if you are looking at a boat for sale by someone that has an emptional attachment to it then it has probably been well cared for and is priced too high. On the other hand if someone does not have a personal attachment to the boat one wonders if tehy took care of it.

Just an intersting take on buying a boat

Mike
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I have generally had good results dealing with an owner. Not always of course, some boats I have looked at needed a lot of work and the owner said they needed nothing. They were blind to the boat's problems.

But I have also looked at boats that are fairly priced and in nice condition. They also tend to sell quickly. I also found selling a boat to be an enjoyable process when I did it myself. Much smoother than the boats I sold through dealers.

In my experience when a person tries to sell a boat themselves they are usually motivated and ready for it to be gone.
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