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Trying to explain to a seller that his pride and joy is not really worth what he/she thinks it is worth can be a tough row to hoe.
Whizz, the best way to get a deal when buying a boat is to get proactive, rather than reactive. Instead of reacting to boats that you see advertised, place some ads yourself:
"New sailor with CASH looking for cruising sailboat, up to 36 ft in length, with four or more berths, enclosed head and diesel inboard." or similar. You will get responses from people who haven't even put their boats on the market yet, children who want to off-load dad's old boat etc., and because the price has not been set, you have the ability to gently show them reality.
Additionally, look at retaining a buyer's broker. Get some referrals, and talk to the guy who is referred most often. Explain to him what you want, what you are willing to spend, that you are serious and that you want the right boat, right now. It will also save you a ton of time talking to different brokers in different places.
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