Mr. Devin gave you one number.
Mr. Doctor you are making this way too hard.
Find a broker, any broker, walk into his office and pour your heart out.
Show him the listing. Tell him you think it is too much money. Ask him if while you watch he wouldn't mind printing out:
1. The soldboat listing comps to prove you are right that your dream boat is too high.
2. The listing for any other boat in your price range your new friend has that he thinks you can sell your wife.
Make a friend, it's you and him trying to find a boat that will make your wife happy and not overpay from the other bad guy.
Of course you know he is not a real friend, but until the closing every broker has a shot at you, and they will do anything to prove they are your buddy.
This is so easy, go out there and make a lot of "friends".
If the soldboat price is indeed 30k compare the inventory of the the sold boats vs this boat. If there isn't 10,000 worth of extras all you can do is make an offer based on what it is worth to you.
You can phrase your offer in such a way to make it appealing.
For example you can say:
- This offer is good for 12 hours only.
- I will not consider counter offers.
- It is not contingent on financing or sea trial.
- It is only contingent on survey.
- The offer will not be renegotiated based on survey finding. It will be withdrawn or accepted.
An offer worded very strongly has a better chance of motivating a seller to "lets just rid of the boat" than to hold out for every last dime.
Frankly since has just been listed it is not likely to work but as they say about the Connecticut Lottery "You can't win if you don't play"
PS. My wife agrees with your wife. Catalina seems to put just enough wood in the boat so it still feels like a boat but still is priced well, euro styling with all plastic doesn't do it for her either.