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Question SailBoats for Sale buy OWNER........

Any of you guys or gals no of any links to boats for sale buy owner ?
I have google searched all the popular sites, I believe.
Or maybe you no of someone selling a late model sailboat in the 36' to 40' range.
Our budget is around 100k. I live in California, San Diego and will travel for the right deal.
Nothing personal against boat brokers, but I see no need for a middle Man in this price range. Happy Sailing.
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http://www.sailboatlistings.com

I've sold and bought a boat via this site.
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Re: SailBoats for Sale buy OWNER........

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Any of you guys or gals no of any links to boats for sale buy owner ?
I have google searched all the popular sites, I believe.
Or maybe you no of someone selling a late model sailboat in the 36' to 40' range.
Our budget is around 100k. I live in California, San Diego and will travel for the right deal.
Nothing personal against boat brokers, but I see no need for a middle Man in this price range. Happy Sailing.
You can't find what you want, but see no need for a broker...which maybe one of the reasons why you can't find what you want.

Just as you don't see many used Bentleys and Ferraris for sale by owner, same thing with 6 figure boats.

Frankly, if I am selling a $5000 boat, I'm not gonna use a broker, but if I am selling a boat with the value of a new Mercedes, I'm gonna hire a pro to market it, weed out the tire kickers, deal with prospects, credit applications, etc.

I'm not saying you won't find the perfect boat FSBO, but you do yourself a disservice by not checking out brokerages as well. You might find that a good broker can save you more than his commission, making the cost of a middleman, er, free. Ask around for a referral for a good broker, tell him what you want, what you have to spend,and a time limit. Have a letter of credit from your bank handy so he knows he's not dealing with a looky-loo, and set him loose. If he's any good you'll have your boat in less than a month.
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Re: SailBoats for Sale buy OWNER........

Agree that sailboatlistings.com is probably the best site for privately listed boats. But as bljones says, you also need to consider broker listed boats. Just about all can be found on yachtworld.com.
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http://www.sailboatlistings.com

I've sold and bought a boat via this site.
I've been working in IT for 15 years at 4 different internet startups, and for the life of me I can't figure out how to efficiently use the "Search" feature on that site.
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100k in this market will find you a very nice boat. Lots of boats in San Carlos, MX. Probably be able to find the one in San Diego area, just start walking the docks.
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I've been working in IT for 15 years at 4 different internet startups, and for the life of me I can't figure out how to efficiently use the "Search" feature on that site.
Ha! I agree. The site is put together so poorly that I almost like it more because of its suckiness. Reminds me of Yahoo in the old days. And I've been building web sites and running servers for 15 years.

But after re-reading this thread I believe that RedHatDriver was looking for links to individual web sites that are selling private boats, and sounds like he has likely already been to sailboatlistings.com.
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Re: SailBoats for Sale buy OWNER........

Another "ditto" to the comments by bljones. I think you are going to find very few $100k boats that are being sold by the owner. Once you get above $20k or so, most are going to be listed with a broker.
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100k in this market will find you a very nice boat. Lots of boats in San Carlos, MX. Probably be able to find the one in San Diego area, just start walking the docks.
Absolutely. Networking around our local marina and just being friendly with folks has been a great starting point for us. I used a broker for a couple months during the summer. The guy was no pro. He was a used car sales man. Then the Wife and I went over to the high side of town and meet with another broker. I told him we had a 100k CASH budget. He sent me an e-mail link to a very well used Catalina 38. Boat was way over priced. Wonder why. I have not herd a word from him in 6 weeks. I will find a boat on my own dime. The point of this thread is, Im walking an e-net boat dock here meeting folks.
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