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First, welcome to Sailnet!
Second, thanks for your service in the USMC.
As for your questions: It may be difficult for us to judge whether this is a good trade or not. Not too many of us know much about the valuation of motorhomes in general. Even with respect to the sailboat, where many of us have some good knowledge, it can be tricky to offer a useful opinion without more particulars.
Boats, especially older ones like this Coronado, can vary widely in value. Condition, maintenance, upgrades all factor in. Some boats of this vintage may actually have negative value (meaning they are a liability to dispose of) if they have been neglected. On the other hand, if they have been well maintained and steadily upgraded over the years, they can represent good value.
Regarding trades, we get this question fairly regularly. The conventional wisdom seems to be that taking a trade can be a very limiting approach. In other words, you get stuck with the model boat that is being offered in trade, whether or not it is what you want or the right one for your purposes.
I think most folks would recommend selling on the open market, getting the most you can for the motorhome, and then using that money to shop around on the open market and buy the best boat for you. Right now, with no sailing experience at all, it will be difficult to know what is right for you. It is fairly unlikely that this Coronado being offered on trade just happens to be the right one.
That said, again, it's hard for us to say absolutely one way or another without more info. So I will end with additional cautionary words about maintenance, storage, and upkeep of large boats: It can be very expensive. You could easily expend $3-5K in storage fees alone at a marina -- depending where you keep it -- in one year. So please do the research and make sure you understand what you're getting into, financially. Big boats are not like RVs, that can be left parked in the driveway.
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Pacific Seacraft Crealock 31 #62
NEVER CALLS CRUISINGDAD BACK....CAN"T TAKE THE ACCENT