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A good deal in a boat is to actually get what you pay for.
There are many posts on this board about strategies of prices and percents, and they're all insensible stuff IMHO...in buying a boat you need to establish an informed value and and then be willing to pay up to that amount. The selling price and percents off have at best an unreliable relationship to value.
"Value" is a slippery concept when it comes to older boats. The value of a 25-y-o boat is really too "soft" to quantify with any real accuracy. It really all comes down to how much one is willing to pay for something that within a few years will cost (in maintenance, upkeep, moorage, et cetera) as much or more than the original purchase price anyway. Remember, the purchase price is just the beginning.
I'll stand by my above post: if you are really interested, make an offer, and try to strike a deal 10% below the asking price. That is probably about what the seller expects to get, if the boat is new to the market. If the boat stays on the market for a while the broker will convince the seller to lower the asking price a bit...and so on. If you really think the asking price is way out of line, keep looking at other boats.
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