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By all means approach the owner if you're interested... after all it's a compliment at least, a possible opportunity besides that for both of you. But I would let them make the first mention of price/value... you can decide if you're both on the same page without insulting anyone, or putting yourself in a bad position.
A couple of years ago here on Sailnet I put a buyer in touch with an owner - only because he was interested in the same boat. Long story short they ended up buying THAT boat rather than the sistership they'd been looking at to start with. And it had not been for sale at the start of the conversations.
So you never know....
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)