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Siren--how to value

I've had a Siren in my garage for about 10 years, which is not where she wants to be. How do I determine a value for her, so she can find a new home near water? Is there a demand for Sirens or is she more of a beginner's boat that has outlived her day?
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Hi Hollie,
The typical answer is, "it's worth what someone will pay for it."
If the hull is in good condition, then it is not a graveyard boat...
That being said, there's not much money in a Siren.
This site ( Siren 17 - Used Sailboat Market in Canada ) values them, including trailer, around $3-4,500cad... I don't know how old that figure is.
I didn't find any on YachtWorld.com
I found a number of listings from $2k-4k over the past 7 years.

Perhaps evaluate the condition of your boat compared to those you see listed online and locally and then place it accordingly.

Alternatively, you could always find it a good home at a Learn-to-Sail program or donation to another charity organization; Help out the community and get a tax receipt.
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HollieMac, there are a number of factors that come into play:
Where do you live?
Does the boat come with a trailer?
What is the overall condition of the boat- is she an abandoned project with wasted rigging and bagged out sails or is she ready to go?
What accessories are included- boomtent, spinnaker, etc.?
Is there an outboard? What is it's condition?

A good sailable Siren in this area is a $1500- $2000 boat- a really good one with a newish outboard might fetch $3500
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A siren in your garage for ten years! How do you keep the Argonauts out of your driveway? Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Thank you for your great replies, you have helped me and I appreciate the time you took to check out those sites for me. We're getting gusts of 50 today so I skipped out for a walk. I was very happy to see your responses.
I have one of the better boats, meticulously maintained before I bought it, with a new outboard that had a dear hand-charted break-in record and the original manual. The hull has no damage and overall the boat is in good condition, the cuddy clean and dry with good cushions. The sails are still in good condition, I have kept them dry. The rigging is original so I don't know if any of those ropes need replaced. The trailer may have been a home-made job--it has silver paint and a wooden board that holds taillights. Tires would probably be dry-rotted. Where would you expert sailors go to look for a boat if you were wanting one?
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Not to be nosy HollieMac ,,, But where (State) would she be in ?
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HD Chopper Man that would be north central OHIO and I welcome all noses.
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Thanks HollieMac .....got me to thinking there for a moment ;] but tis a little to far to play for just a year .

Have been waiting for the right deal to crop up near cali ...

Just let some eye's fall on here and Poof* she will be gone :]
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Great Lakes sailing

I understand HD man, the lure of ridin that chopper out to the great lakes to sail on for the summer. Ya wouldn't need to get off the HD till you hit water, I'd take her to Port for you. Escape the CA summer heat.....ya, that would make it a great summer.....highs on the Great lakes rarely hit over 80 and there's always that cool water breeze...
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81 w/trailer for sale asking 2900.... sooo... id probably bid them 1800-2000...
depending on what i found when i inspected her...
dunno what year yours is... good luck

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