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Re: Making an offer for a sailboat
What budget range are we talking about ? What size, what age? Makes, models?
I could imagine a wide range of prices in an older boat that's been well cared for and one that's been neglected..or in " Fair" shape.
This spring I was sitting next to a 35 year old, one owner, Sabre that looked like it was just delivered yesterday from the factory. There would be a big swing in price for the same vessel that's been neglected for years.
Just out of curiosity, I looked up my vessel on the NADA site. I thought the asking price they returned was well within reason. I couldn't imagine them coming back with a price 250% more.
Nor would I sell it for 250% less.. ;-)
Seller motivation is something you have to feel out. I saw an asking price drop $20,000 once after being on the market for a year. The actual selling price was $50,000 lower. because the owner purchased his new boat already and just wanted to be done with the deal.
I think it's best to know what you want, and know what you think it's worth to you..and then kick a lot of tires until you find the deal you're happy with, or can live with.
Last edited by Tempest; 06-13-2014 at 08:01 PM.