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I'm starting to look seriously at a bigger boat. My wife loves to deck salon design(Jeanneau/Hunter) as well as the new Sense from Beneteau, but it's a bit out of the budget.
Looking for a used 3 cabin version 43-49 ft. I have been trolling on Yachtworld.com for far too long. Is it better to call a reputable broker in my chosen sailing area, CT/RI, or just keeping looking online for deals that fit?
Any suggestions on other sites or preferred methods would be appreciated.
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Re: Boat Shopping question

It occurs to me that used catamarans are something you should be considering, as the Beneteau Sense line was made to compete with them. A 38' catamaran will have as much interior room as a 50' ++ traditional monohull, yet will be much brighter and airy than a comparable monohull. It you're searching in the 50' monohull range, the right catamaran might actually save you a couple of bucks. The link below contains catamarans listed for sale by their owners. No broker fees involved...

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I don't see the harm in talking to a broker. I could be wrong, but I believe the seller pays the broker's commission, doesn't cost the buyer anything. You can still continue to search on your own.
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Re: Boat Shopping question

The brokers commission comes off the top of the sale price, so it would seem that everyone pays.

Sometimes, brokers may negotiate their commission if buyers are close, but can't get to the right number.

Getting a second broker involved, in theory, would reduce the wiggle room a single broker might have as the commission is split between the two brokers.

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Thanks. Not a Cat guy at this point, I agree they are awesome and I view them as perfect for the Caribbean, just can't bring myself to use one in New England.
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