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Old 09-22-2009
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"They are all for sale"

I was quoted that when walking the docks a while back. "They're all for sale". Can't hurt to ask but chances of getting a good price on a well loved, well maintained boat that is not listed is very slim, unless the mortgage to the home is in danger.

You might get lucky though or you might get a lot of info about the boat. The owner will vary likely know of other boats of the same model in the area. Maybe post a note letting on the boat expressing interest in purchasing a similar boat and wonder if they could answer some questions, see where that goes.
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Right Boat Catagory

There are a lot of people in 28's that find out that they are not maxed out on budget or the ability to single hand their boat. After awhile they will get a little 2'itis. I went from a 26 to a 28 thinking that was all I could handle and find I have little problem even at age 68. Now I've been noticing guys single handing 34 footers. You may find that boat by asking around.
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Just remember, there's a difference between "for sale" and "on sale".

I know of several very expensive homes and one Hinckley 50 bought via unsolicited offers. I make (and receive) them all the time in business.
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When searching for my current boat, I wandered into a yard and spoke with a broker. He took me to see about five boats. We walked past one that looked pretty good to me. It was up on poppits and appeared that it hadn't been touched in a couple of years. It had no for sale sign, but I asked anyway. The broker made a call or two and found out it was a "divorce special", and the wife was happy to let it go for a great price. I wound up buying a different boat, but it never hurts to ask.
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