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I hear you Mimsy. I am looking as well, though I have yet to actually visit a listing because I still haven't narrowed down the search from 28 to 32 feet, prefer fractional rig with tiller. I love the Telstar 28 and Maine Cat 30 but both are above my price range.
I was in the real estate biz and it's similiar to being a boat broker. Key is start developing relationships with good boat brokers. The last week I've had 2 brokers tell me they expect a lot of listings to be coming on the market, as this is the traditional time, we'll see, eh ?
I always went to preview a house before showing it no matter how pressured I might be. If it was my own listing and the owner didn't care to listen to my advice about best way to present for selling, I gave the buyer a heads up. If I had my way, I would have had weekly cleanings scheduled, etc. but many owners just don't see the wisdom or the cost justification in that.
Right now, I'm in the narrow it down phase - Pearson 30 or 323, Eriscon 28 to 32, Sabre, Contessa 32, Columbia 8.7 or larger.
I prefer to sail them before I see a listing and go for sea trial. May not be possible but that's my hope. So far I've only sailed the Columbia 8.7 which I really like, but wish it had a fractional rig. Lovely tiller though. I used to prefer wheel, after my experience with the Columbia, I love the tiller and feel there is much more space with it and better ability to single or short hand which is what I'll be doing.
Boatless and Looking 30 - 35 feet.
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