Interesting that you should be following the Pearson 36-2. I have been looking at the same boats, from a buying perspective for over two years. There always seem to be about 10-15 of them in YW at any one time.
Prices of boats that I have looked at have ranged from $50K to $84K, excluding a couple of dreamers. There is one boat that I have not
seen, listed for $97K for over two years (since before I started looking). Maybe it is pristine... maybe it is gold plated, but it is not selling... And, at that asking price I'm not even looking...
Yes, I too have noticed that the prices in YW are holding steady. However, every time that I have looked at a boat this year, the broker has politely encouraged me to make an offer. Last year the price was the price. I suspect that there is some softness in the demand side of the market, and the brokers know this. They get paid when the boat is sold
I have not bit the bullet yet because, my boat bucks were invested in mutual funds
, and every
Pearson 36-2 that I have looked at has had a moisture problem (particularly on the port side near the stanchions), and I'm not looking to buy a deck re-core project. (The $84K boat was a real doozy - it was a later year boat that had run aground in a hurricane, and then been poorly repaired!) Also, many of these boats have been sorely neglected (one broker threw out all the cushions because of the mold, and hired a cleaner to go through the boat before I saw it. That boat was still a mess.)
I suspect that a well maintained boat would sell quickly, if realistically priced.