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What resources do you use to find boats for sale?

I am in the USA on the west coast. So far I have been using:

boattrader.com or traderonline.com same thing
Yachtworld.com
latitude38.com

I want to buy a sailboat.
Do you know of any other resources besides this website to find boats on the west coast?

Can you use a broker to look for you? I didn't think they bother with other brokers' boats.

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Have you thought about jumping in the car and exploring marinas and boatyards ? How about the local newspapers? Now as far as brokers go , you bet they sell boats from other brokerages . They are working for commission and half a deal is better than no deal . Also try Sailboatlistings.com.
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Try Soundings and Soundings on line
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Good Day,
I've been hunting also and found these recourses to be helpful.
boatquest, sailboatlistings, and hsyacht all dot com's.
The best buys I have found so far is New England area and Canada but then I've just started looking.
The idea posted about going to a marina is outstanding as well as the boatshows.
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What kind of sailboat??

Good Old Boat magazine has a fair number of ads in their magazine and website. Talking to people at marinas and yatch clubs can also find boats that aren't listed yet, and often result in a hidden gem.

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Personally, I peruse Yactworld.com, Craigslist.org, sailing magazines (Good Old Boat, Sail, etc.) and occasionally broker websites, though most also use Yacthworld.

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My first three significat boats were found by actually driving around boatyards and coastal neighborhoods. Boat For Sale signs are perhaps the cheapest form of advertising, but enable an immediate and intuitively genuine reaction from a prospective buyer.

The prior boat I bought, I found listed in the local newspaper classified section - 2 years old, nearly brand new and a motivated seller . . . got an incredible deal on that boat.

Our present boat was found on yachtworld.com, among a field of - literally - dozens inspected beforehand during our search for all NC33s on the market.

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Boats.com is also a good site.

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Ebay is the #2 seller of boats...but buyer beware.
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Main problem with eBay is that you have to be fairly close to the boat in question IMHO, so you can verify the condition of it... since you generally can't require a survey and seatrial as conditions of winning the auction IIRC. The secondary problem is that some of the auctions on eBay are fraudulent.

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