And at any time when dealing in boats, you also have to wade through the boats for sale that are not *really* for sale.
Very true statement. Sometimes sentiment value is unattainable. I answered a question earlier about Sailing Simulators. I explained how I started. Both of the Boats were my brother's. Today they sit in his Cow Field sinking into the ground. I wanted to buy the 24' as it was the first real Sailboat I sailed and learned on (My Sentiment). But, Noooo! He not give an honest price, better to see them sink into the mud. But, I guess they where his first boats and he want to keep too.
I am very interested in what being said here as I am looking for the boat I "May" spend the rest of my life on. I invest in FOREX so watching world money exchange is not unfamiliar. Plus as I try to discern now, how this exchange affects the USA buyer.
I seen someone mention something along the lines of a percentage cut. Like if a boat ask price is 100 offer 50-60 (Example numbers). So, this have me thinking, maybe an offer price "Could" be 30-60% less than the ask on a used boat? I think I understood this?
But, here a quick run down. I plan to pay cash! My experience has been through the individual in the past, give them what we agree and I get title to the boat. No broker stuff. Never dealt with Brokers, though I did work in Real-Estate and have a concept of how they work.
I not ship my boat, I go get and drive/sail her home (Long story on that fix on the fly stuff).
So, if I not confused everyone.
IF, I looking at an old boat? (I love old boats [the ugly duckling] as they not look like everything else in the Duck Pond). I looking at a boat that down to it's last dollar (in a round about way). Would I be fair in offering 30-40% less than asking price? Especially through a Broker? OR, is the broker going to try to hold out for more, when the seller willing to take less?
I hope people see what I ask as this is important. But, as I told a woman friend, I not out to cheat or take advantage a seller. I am the type person that try to be fair in both directions. I know my maximum price I can pay and how low a fixer-upper cost to fix up (my minimum plus fixing).
I have a few boats that I really want and wait and watch. I will NOT buy until my budgeted time due to seasons and time to move my new home.
So, somewhere in all this is my question(s). Hope someone have the answer.