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Hey All;

Well I was browsing eBay and bid on a Contest 33 and lost the auction. I wasn't trying to win but I thought that bidding on a boat would make me stop wanting to run out a buy one as I am trying to hold off buying till next spring. I only bid $5,800 on it anyway and similar boats on Yachtworld are going for $22,000 to $45,000.

I lost the auction of course, the boat went for $5,900... Well I thought I lost anyway, I just received an email offering a second chance on the boat as the winner backed out. Now i'm tempted to buy it... I would have upwards of $20k to put into it as it looks like it needs a little updating.

How the heck would I get it back to Toronto???

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What do the experts think? Worth a shot sight unseen? As is where is? It doesn't have a cored hull so that is a plus but the motor will probably need a rebuild as it has been sitting for a few years. Second chance offer expires Friday afternoon.
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5,800 is quite cheap, I just looked at everything 28-38 the west coast had to offer and didnt come by anything that nice for that price, but then again, the boat is not a CA. Check shipping, i bet you looking at at least 3k to ship it.

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Sounds like a scam to me. Three days have passed and the alleged bad bidder has no negative feedback? 100% positive with 440 feedback replies? I think you're about to become the victim of a second chance scam. The boat looks nice, but if you plan to proceed, definitely use one of the brokerage companies to hold the $$$ until you receive or take possession of said item.
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Owner is in Holland, Florida titled and on the hard in Maryland? Seabreeze does have a point. That said, this is definitely cheap and they are great boats. I will be going down to Pasedena, Md this weekend to visit my Contest 31 and can look at the boat for you. Does White Rocks Marina have the title for the boat?

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This boat was offered previusly on Ebay, and I bid to $6000. The reserve was not met at that time.
I did inquire of the owner about the extent of the crazing in the gel-coat, and condition of the engine, and did not feel confident with the answers.
That said, it does seem like a very nice boat for the $$. With my limited experience, I was too apprehensive- especially since it has been out of the water for 6+ years.
Good luck- if I had someone local that could look her over, and had the money to put her back in shape, I would go for it.
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I emailed the seller to get some info:

*Copy of the 2008 Survey.
*Info about the title and transfer to me as I am Canadian.
*Where the title is.

Seeing as I have never bought a boat before I am suddenly overwhelmed at what I need to know in such a short window.

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Owner is in Holland, Florida titled and on the hard in Maryland? Seabreeze does have a point. That said, this is definitely cheap and they are great boats. I will be going down to Pasedena, Md this weekend to visit my Contest 31 and can look at the boat for you. Does White Rocks Marina have the title for the boat?

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That would be outstanding! I have emailed the seller to find out where the boat can be seen as I was going to try and drive down and back on Saturday. If I can get the info would you mind taking a few minutes to inquire about the boat?

I would owe you at least a few drinks of you're choice.

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I was going to email the winning bidder to see if they actually backed out but unfortunately eBay doesn't allow that...
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Sounds like a scam to me. Three days have passed and the alleged bad bidder has no negative feedback? 100% positive with 440 feedback replies? I think you're about to become the victim of a second chance scam. The boat looks nice, but if you plan to proceed, definitely use one of the brokerage companies to hold the $$$ until you receive or take possession of said item.
I am worried about being scammed as well. The second chance offer is through eBay though, If I log into my eBay account I have a buy it now button for the offer. I know it could just be BS but here is what the seller said :

Message from seller: Hello, the winning buyer just backed out, a personal emergency he says. He is very sorry and so am I but this presents a second chance for you. Awaite your reaction, regards, Peter

I was always told that if it sounds to good to be true it probably is...
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Getting boat to Toronto... enjoy a trip thru the erie canal.
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