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Hi, It's been a long time since I logged into Sailnet. I own a Catalina 30 and today was one of the two best days. Yeah, I took a deposit for it's purchase. No, it's not a formal contract, just a handshake. The written, purchase offer will follow.

Obviously, I wanted to get more for the boat but I realize it's a buyer's market. Anyhow, we agreed on a price with the following conditions:

He only plans to cruise and doesn't need my spinnaker, spinnaker pole, masthead bail/crane, brand new sheets, halyard, etc. I'd say something like "what's the best way to sell this stuff" but my post ends up being a "for sale" ad.

Next, I have a trailer which I built myself out of my cradle. It is a storage trailer, no brakes, no suspension and not for long distance transportation. (I used it to go 1 1/2 miles from my house to marina). The buyer doesn't need the trailer. A local guy who is on stands, wants to buy my trailer but where can I get a cradle and will it cost me more than whatever I get for the trailer? It would be nice to find someone with a cradle and make a deal that puts a few bucks in my pocket.

There is some other stuff such as the Garhauler adjustable genoa car system that I'd like to sell too. If I can make up part of the purchase price with the sale of trailer, spinnaker, etc, I won't feel as if I gave my boat away.
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Re: General advice selling stuff

Oh yeah, I have a Martec 14D . 12P propeller, Maybe someone wants to trade up from a regular fixed two blade.
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Re: General advice selling stuff

The various 'craigslists', 'Kijiji' and similar sites are probably the best way to market that kind of stuff locally.

Beyond that posting on notice boards and marine stores and marinas that allow such ads should work well too.

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Re: General advice selling stuff

I generally look on Craigslist for used boating stuff as well as other I know....Where are you located, this post may help you sell stuff


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Whoops, I thought I put my location in there. I'm in West Michigan.
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There are Catalina 30 forums and you could do well on those.

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Re: General advice selling stuff

Put it on Evilbay and be done with it. I've sold stuff on CL and Ebay and I've got to say,
as much as I hate to admit it, the Ebay route was the easiest, most hassle-free. Craigslist,
while a great platform, draws in the scammers and the crazies from all over. Oh, there's
great people on there as well, but sometimes I wonder if they're not outnumbered by the
"others". Best of luck.
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I've got so frustrated with the scammers on Craigslist I started going for their requests, the one where they send you a fake check FedEx. Then just tell them I'll send the money back when the check totally clears.
The emails I have gotten from them have been pretty funny.
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Re: General advice selling stuff

And they're persistent, too, aren't they? I've gone so far as to send back an email saying
something like, "Well, ok as long as you aren't one of those scammers who (x)" and they
STILL try to get you to fall for it. I worry about how many people actually do fall victim
to those?
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