Dont fall in love till its in your slip, before that you can play the tough man game.
This is the same principal in purchasing a house. I learned it when I began investing. Because there are too many things that can happen to a deal that can make it go south.
This is my strategy;
Make your list's-
Begin with feelings, wants, needs, and desires. Then there is the price range.
As you make your list's you will see what you can and cannot live with or without.
The perfect boat exist's, but sometimes you have to go with the needs list first, and the wants and desires that are included are just a bonus to help you make your boat your own.
After looking at too many vessels, they all start beginning to go together so keep a spiral on the ones you are interested in that way you can keep the specs straight.
Narrowing it down to three. Go back to the list you first began with and refresh in your mind what was important to you and compare to your three you have picked. You may want to revise your list before comparing.
This is how I would get the big picture on a purchase to see what would serve me best in a transaction.
Fees can get expensive so I really don't wan't to waste time on a transaction that won't, can't happen. If you can, give yourself a way out in case if the deal starts to look too flimsy.
It is a buyer's market indeed.
Just a few days ago I went looking at some boats. There was everything from the perfect hull, mast included, free
to, it's ready to sail, we just wanna walk; 41'er, decked and bleemed needs skipper to sail only $8k.
Happy hunting!! Talk to everybody!