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Who got the best deal on their sailboat?

I am always looking for the best deal on everything. I would rather buy something old and fixer-up than pay full price. If I must pay full price I want them to throw something in to make the deal worth it.

So what was the deal you made and how do you do it? Did you buy old and rebuild? Tell them you will pay "this" if they do "that"?

Who was the master deal maker on this board?

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I bought my boat for $20.00 USD and sailed it home in a Gale the next weekend.

1961 Knutson K-35 yawl, fully equipped and ready to go. I did pay the PO's back moorage as well, which was just under $700.00.

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It was an interesting deal to say the least and a great sail home:

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You can't beat that deal, great looking boat.
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Charlie, you suck ....................

Talk about being at the right place at the right time.............
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I think there is a bank and a few lawyers looking for Charlie- too.
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Charlie, clearly you overpaid...I'm sure a savy negotiator could have talked them down to $17 or $18!
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My wife and I used our last boat almost daily for four years and recently sold it for a very substantial profit. My broker said to me after the sale -"You made a very good deal". But, I felt the post-sale celebration to be bitter-sweet; my loving wife on the other hand is still celebrating. (g)

There are more ways to define "best deal" on a sailor's boat than comparing price paid to market value. If a boat's owners use the boat regularly, and BOTH fully enjoy sailing her throughout the term of ownership, then who cares if a profit was made? Nobody really "expects" to make a financial profit on boats, except boat dealers.

Savor the joys of sailing and if you're one of the lucky married owners who have a spouse that supports your passion for sailing - then you've made the best deal.
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Charlie, you suck ....................

Talk about being at the right place at the right time.............
Yeah, it was that... The deal came about when a previous deal on a Kettenburg 46 I was trying to buy fell through. The President of the Kettenburg Assoc had been helping me try to buy the boat. He was also the Director of a classic yacht foundation that took donated boats and restored them. The PO's of Oh Joy, had a deal fall through and needed to dump the boat for financial reasons so they wanted to donate it for a tax write off. He didn't have the bandwidth to take it and emailed me pics. I drove down, met him, toured the boat and then we had a beer at Maggie's. He told me I could offer one dollar and they'd take it. I met the owner, took the boat out and tested the engine, steering etc, came back and offered them $20, which they accepted. As we were wrapping up the deal, they mentioned owing back moorage. I told them "Don't sweat it, I just bought your dream for twenty bucks". My wife and I drove back down the next day and sailed her around Elliot Bay. The rest they say, is history. I've probably put 800 miles on her since Sept, 250 of that in Force 8 or better on three separate occasions.
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The deal came about when a previous deal on a Kettenburg 46 I was trying to buy fell through.

They wanted $37.50 for that one!!!!
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