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post #11 of 26 Old 02-21-2010 Thread Starter
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Thanks all for the helpful feedback. A key question to which I don't know the answer -- though but it seems that some of you do -- is whether in today's market used boats are actually selling for the prices listed in the various online ads, or are in the end going for less. In other words, with some persistance might it be possible in this economy to pick up a boat for significantly less than the listed price?
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Most boats are going to sell for less than the asking price, but a lot depends on the condition of the boat. The better the condition, the less likely the owner will move on price as a rule. I'd highly recommend you read the Boat Inspection Trip Tips thread I started, as it will help you determine whether any boats you look at are even worth going forward on, saving you the price of a survey for boats that aren't worth looking at further.

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Thanks all for the helpful feedback. A key question to which I don't know the answer -- though but it seems that some of you do -- is whether in today's market used boats are actually selling for the prices listed in the various online ads, or are in the end going for less. In other words, with some persistance might it be possible in this economy to pick up a boat for significantly less than the listed price?
Boat asking price is like home buying asking price. It is an indication of what the owner wants for the boat, or real estate. Actual selling price is usually less. Frequently it is somewhere between what you want to pay, and what the buyer wants to receive.

I say usually, because for specific boats, in bristol condition, there may be multiple buyers, and the actual selling price could be higher than asking, just like houses. (10 years ago, I sold my condo for 5% over asking price)
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I've been scouting for something in that same range of sizes, and it seems your best chance of a Hunter within your mentioned price range is going to be before 1990/1991. Like the others mentioned, the Hunters don't look very roomy at all for two adult couples. It always seemed to me Hunter came fairly equipped, but now that I'm actually looking to buy, I find the interiors look really dated and cheap.

There was an Irwin Citation 41 out of Sarasota? Florida that just sold yesterday on Ebay for just over $35K. I thought it was a very attractive boat, and it looked (from the pics) to be in pretty decent shape. I think it was an '83 model. I nearly bidded it on, but I didn't like the idea that I would have had to pay $400+ per mo. for a slip. Oh well.
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Again, thanks for the insights. To minimize maintenance hassle, my inclination is more toward small and newer, rather than larger and older. My bias going in had been toward Hunters. (My Dad owned a 37, and it was great). But I looked at a bunch of boats this weekend and (like elkscout above) I was surprised to find the Hunter interiors disappointing. But the Catalinas (32 and up) seem able to accomodate 2 couples surprisingly well, with the most important difference verses other models being the size of the sleeping areas. Since I owned a Catalina for 20 years, I start with some confidence in the company and their design.

I readily acknowledge that, as many of you correctly suggested, my target price is unrealistically low. The question now is by how much. Hopefully going with slightly smaller, and maybe a few years older, I can come relatively close. I'll let you know, and will most definitely check out the inspection tips thread suggested by sailingdog. Thanks for that.

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If you'd be willing to go as old as a '90 model and/or raise your budget 5K to 10K, then I'm sure you'd be able to find something. There are plenty of Catalinas in this range, a brand you're already familiar with. They get knocked around a lot on these forums, but I wonder how much of it is bias. As I've mentioned, as long as you like it and it meets your needs, that's all that matters. Also, if you're willing to have it shipped, no pun intended, then you will have more to choose from, but I'm learning trucking a boat this size half way cross the States would costs another 4K to 5K, so that would eat up your increase in boat money.

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I ended up staying in my budget and purchasing a Catalina 34, but one that (as several suggested) is substantially older than I originally envisioned. I have to say however that the boat, a 1989, is in excellent condition -- better than many of the newer ones I saw. I am thrilled with the purchase. Thanks to all for the help and insights.
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Congrats - that's a nice boat for what you want to do, with a decent interior and a roomy cockpit!

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I ended up staying in my budget and purchasing a Catalina 34, but one that (as several suggested) is substantially older than I originally envisioned. I have to say however that the boat, a 1989, is in excellent condition -- better than many of the newer ones I saw. I am thrilled with the purchase. Thanks to all for the help and insights.
Good to hear your persistence paid off for you. Post some pics when you get a chance.

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Gregwet,
You didn't happen to buy your boat in Va. Beach did you?
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