Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: South Coast Ontario
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Get proactive. Instead of waiting for boats to come on the market and sellers to set the price, place some wanted ads. Craigslist, kijiji, the usual suspects, but also print up some flyers and hang them on bulletin boards at the grocery store, your workplace, etc. You will be surprised at the responses you get- boats that the seller had taken off the market, boats that somebody had thought about selling but never quite got around to it, boats that had been sitting in backyards under cover since the kids left for college, etc. Often, when you ask, "how much do you want for it?" the answer is, "I don't know, make me an offer."
See, the thing is, in the price range you are looking in, the boats aren't valuable enough for listing with a broker, and not offering a big enough return for the owner to waste a whole lot of time and effort advertising it for sale. I have seen owners who have been halfheartedly trying to get rid of an old trailer sailer for years for a few hundred dollars, and their total marketing investment has been a "for sale" sign, and maybe rolling it out front during the semi-annual neighbourhood yard sale, then rolling it back into the backyard or garage for another year.