Big Chicken Baby
Join Date: Mar 2009
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*An open letter to boat sellers*
Dear Boat Owner,
I appreciate that selling your beloved boat is difficult for you. You have fond memories of time spent out on the water with friends. You have more sweat equity in your boat than can ever be repaid. I know, I understand. That being said, there are a couple of points I'd like to mention.
1. Please do not ask me to get excited about the fact that you had a bottom job done on your boat x number of years ago. Your boat is 20 years old, this is called maintenance. This is especially true if you are the original owner and this was the first time you've actually paid any attention to the bottom in 20 years of ownership. I promise in exchange to not expect you to get excited that I changed my oil once in 15,000 miles when you go to buy my car.
2. Replacing busted blocks with pulleys from Home Depot does not constitute " all new rigging".
3. I understand that you paid a ginormous amount of money for your Superphonic Funkmaster 3000 speakers that are mounted in the cockpit so that all of your marina neighbors can have their heartbeat changed by the bass frequency. That doesn't necessarily constitute added value for me and no, I am not going to pay 4k over the insured value of the boat for them.
4. If your winches are completely frozen, you might not want to list them as a feature.
5. Likewise, if you are listing a sail inventory you might want to think twice if the sails are mildewed and ripped.
6. Yes, BUC and NADA are on the low end of valuation and Boat Wizard can only tell you what these boats have been selling for but no, they are not "total crap" and no, your boat is not worth 150% more than any of these suggested values just because "that's what I have in the boat". You bought it years ago, its a depreciating asset. This might be the reason your boat has been for sale for 2 years with no offers.
7. If you have a scheduled showing of your boat, on the day of the showing it might be a good idea to take out the empty trash bag of beer cans from the sink and the leftovers from your Popeye's Fried Chicken from a week ago. What is definitely a good idea is to pickup the dirty underwear off of the settee.
Your still boatless pal,
( And yes, these are all real instances from the last 3 weeks of looking. Thought I'd start looking at FSBO boats. Maybe not the most time efficient way to find a boat, back to Yachtworld it is)
Last edited by Mimsy; 04-17-2009 at 10:07 AM.