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View Poll Results: Do you look at boat sales even when not buying anytime soon?
A new boat is always in my plans 20 40.82%
No; if I have a boat that meets my needs I don't shop 6 12.24%
If I see a For Sale sign, I look closer, but don't go looking for boats 3 6.12%
I look at my local Craigslist or newspaper often 9 18.37%
I look at my local Craigslist or newspaper every now and then 11 22.45%
If I hear about a real deal, I will look into it, otherwise, No. 0 0%
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What I tell myself (and my wife when she sneaks up behind me to see what I am looking at and doesn't know whether or not to be relieved it isn't porno) is that I am doing research for the future. I also have in the back of my mind that if I see an incredible "have to sell by Friday to leave the country or whatever" deal I might jump on it and then resell more patiently just to raise the balance of the boat buying fund. That can be a scary gamble, though. The big mistake would be getting a boat that wasn't such a steal after all. Another one would be to talk myself into keeping a boat that wasn't right for my uses just becasue I got a great deal on it. But I look; I just can't help myself...
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I constantly track the used boat market just as I do the housing market in a couple of areas and for the same reason. Only if you have a longer perspective can you get a real sense of what represents a good deal and what sells quickly and what appear to be dogs on the market. Difference is...I don't really like houses much.
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My name is Tom, and I'm a yachtworld addict.

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Hi Tom, my name is Mark and im also a yachtworld addict. It is normally the 3rd website i visit online after Craigslist and eBay.

I started out just a little over a year ago and now own 3 sailboats. #1 is a 1972 Pearson 36, #2 is a 1974 Hunter 25 and #3 is a 1966 Columbia 24. I might add a fourth here soon.
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Hi Tom

My name is Poop, I was doing good on the 12 step program until last Wedsday, that was when I put an offer on yet another boat and yes, Friday it was accepted, I was hoping my wife would kick my ass, but alas, she's in love with it.

She used to bust my ass for having 4 different race bikes, but having 3 different boats in two different locations is ok..............go figure

me thinks she's an enabler, what'd ya think
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Hi Tom

My name is Poop, I was doing good on the 12 step program until last Wedsday, that was when I put an offer on yet another boat and yes, Friday it was accepted, I was hoping my wife would kick my ass, but alas, she's in love with it.

She used to bust my ass for having 4 different race bikes, but having 3 different boats in two different locations is ok..............go figure

me thinks she's an enabler, what'd ya think
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I am not planning on buying a boat for another year or so but I figure all the looking I am doing now is preparing me for the future. Plus I am learning a lot about what I like and don't like as well as a rough idea where prices are for a given quality of boat.

That being said it is always dangerous to look at boats as I have been known in the past to see what I like and buy it. Then figure out how to pay for it later.
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Interesting; now with 31 votes just over half say that a new boat is planned or that they look often. But here is what really surprises me - 5 people say they don't look at all and no one said they would only look if they heard about a real deal. That says to me that the few of us that don't look have drawn a line in the sand, probably because they know what looking leads to...
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I am one of those who are always looking. There's always a boat out there that you want, but how do you come up with the neccessary scratch? I had an O'day 28 which we loved, but needed six more inches VERTICALLY! All sailboat designers are midgets! We decided on an Endeavor 37-A plan. Would rather have had an Island Packet 36. which would be newer, a bit more headroom, and have a full sized stern berth. But the banker in me said "no deal." So this will probably be my final boat unless I convince my first mate to sell the house! Retirement means the Great Lakes in summer, home to St Louis in winter. If the admiral would sell the house, it would be Great Lakes in summer, Barbados in winter on a larger, better equipped boat! I have a friend who extolls the virtues of Thanksgiving dinner as a potluck in Marsh Habor, the Abacos, and Christmas in St Thomas. The Mississippi, where I now sail, is just a road back to the Great Lakes!
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I look at boats, I drool. It is always a bad sign when a Marine would rather search the internet and look at boats vice women.

Of course I have been married for 19 years....so maybe it's a good thing
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