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Re: What boats depreciate the least
I suspect you are asking for a make/model answer, which is pretty tough. The condition you keep her in (read that as how much you spend on her while you own her), will be a huge variable. Will she be kept bristol or run hard and put away wet? Have sails, rigging, electronics, and broken pieces/parts been replaced with new on schedule or is duct tape the most used tool aboard?
The best I can do is some generic advice. Boats initial depreciation curve is the first 5 to maybe 7 years of its life then they level out for a while. To hold value, demand has to equal supply, which is very hard these days. I suppose a boat that wasn't made in huge volume, but became popular would be what you are asking for. However, that answer is going to vary greatly by region.
I wish I could be of more assistance, but this would be my final advice. Don't get too hung up on this issue alone. The boat you are going to take best care of, is the one you love. it has to be able to accommodate you and your family or friends on the journeys you plan. Be sure you pay a fair price for her, sail her and keep her in top condition.
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