I'd rather be sailing
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The state of s/v/ Pelican
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A couple of notes... unless you are paying the broker out of your own pocket and mandating that they don't receive a commission from the seller, a broker representing you is going to receive their payment from the seller of the boat, once a deal goes through. Keep this in mind as you judge how agnostic they are in their recommendations. I'm sure most brokers are ethical and can maintain a separation between who they are representing and how they are being paid, but just be aware of the fiscal relationship. Second, if you currently have it "narrowed down" to 20 boats, it sounds like a perfect time to get engaged with a broker. Most brokers are very knowledgeable about different brands and models of boats (obviously their livelihood depends on it), so if you tell them what boats you are looking at and what you hope to do with the boat you buy, I'm confident they will be able to help you further narrow down the list. Many brokers also become familiar with the boats listed in their region (since they visit them when showing them) so they may be able to tell you a lot about the boats on your list without even having to go visit them. I'd suggest taking Rick or others up on their offers to hook you up with a reputable broker.
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