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From the deals that I have helped along lately it appears that there are relatively few clean quality boats on the market and that they seem to sell relatively quickly at seemingly higher prices than a few years back. High production boats, and boats with issues seem to be much slower to sell, and seemed to have dropped a little bit. The brokers tell me that they are selling a lot of both new and used boats right now. Several brokers commented that the year started very slowly and looked like a disaster only to pick up with a vengence so that now they claim to have had a record year in terms of dollar and boat count volume.
I would say that you are somewhat correct that average age of people who own sailboat is creeping up as a lot more retirees are buying liveaboards. On the other hand, based on the folks that I encounter cruising and at boat shows (which obviously is not a scientific study) I think that the average age of coastal cruisers is still lower than 50 years old but is probably somewhere over 40 years old.