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You have to decide what your objective is.
If you want making offers to be a game, offer low and see who you can upset, it's free fun.
If you want to own a boat that will please you for years (and not break you with unexpected repairs)..learn how to figure out what a boat is worth, look only at boats selling at above average price. When you see a good boat (not to be confused with an apparent "good deal") make a reasonable offer and get yourself a boat that will make you happy.
Boats values vary enormousely due to conmdition and equipment. You need to learn how to identify and value condition and equipment or you are shooting in the dark.
Find a model or two that would fit your wants. Look at as many as you can. Ask the brokers a lot of questions about value. Make a spreadhseet where you attempt to adjust asking prices for the value of condition and equipment. This will eventually allow you to determine the value of the boat that you want to own.
Absolutely do not consider a "steal" or even "good deals". Search this site for MaineSail's comments on buying a premium boat.
If you focus on getting a "good boat", you just might.
If you focus of getting a "good deal", you are likely to get a learning experience.
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Last edited by sailingfool; 07-02-2010 at 11:51 AM.