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Re: Good morning! Game change plan.....
It depends in part on your price. If your asking price is low enough, leave it in the water for several reasons:
1. It will sell quickly and you need not be concerned about long term storage.
2. The buyer may be satisfied with an insurance survey instead of a full survey so no haul out will be necessary.
3. Your sea trial may be a big selling point for the boat, which will likely be bought by a first time buyer, or small boat sailor moving up.
4. If the buyer hauls at his or her own expense, then contract negotiations break down, you can always leave it up on land for the next one.
If you are in no hurry, want the highest price, and have the luxury of waiting, take your video of the engine and some demonstration sails, then haul and store so you can wait for the right buyer.
In this area, prices are still falling, so you do not want to get caught behind the curve of never pricing it low enough. The long term prospects for realizing your purchase price are bleak - sailing seems to be a dying sport and activity for the indefinite future.
I bought my boat in the water and was perfectly satisfied with a test sail, engine demonstration and an insurance survey only.
Last edited by jameswilson29; 10-14-2013 at 10:09 AM.