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09-21-2009 08:36 AM
hank288 Looking for my first boat. One that has caught my attention is a Pearson 28 which has been on the hard for two years. I cannot post a link yet. Has a rebilt Atomic 4 with tiller, non-press. alcohol stove with two sails. Price was dropped from 8500 to 6500. I would offer less. Do boats deteriote quickly on the hard? TIA. Hank
09-21-2009 01:54 AM
mitiempo I think if the listing is exclusive to one broker, which is common, you would have no choixe but to deal with that broker if you wished to buy that particular boat. But of course, regardless of what the broker does leave out or misrepresent, etc, you will get a survey and the surveyor will be working for you. Don't rely on a survey anyone else has had done in the past and DO NOT find the surveyor on recommendation of the broker.
09-21-2009 12:21 AM
ditch Brokers: one thing I am unclear on is how I choose the broker.(not meaning choosing the right/good one).for example I have seen the same boat listed at different places, what if I donít like any of the brokers listed with the particular boat I like?? Can any broker sell the boat, if there is a broker I like can I choose him??
09-19-2009 08:59 PM
ditch Another issue I am thinking about is keeping the boat on the hard for 2-3 year. If properly stored am I ok? Will it fall to ruin? It would be stored in a northern climate with cold winters.
09-19-2009 08:36 PM
TQA As we have found to our cost there are liars, there are d****ed liars and then there are people selling boats. We have looked at boats described as being "sail away" and viewed rusty dirty junk. However I will say if you ask the BROKER the right questions they may wriggle a little they are almost always truthfull when you pin them down on something. We are always concerned about the condition of the standing rigging and before travelling out of our way to view a boat will quiz the broker on the state of the mast rigging and sails.

The asking price may have no relation to the real value of the boat. It is not uncommon for the owner to decide initially to recover the money they have in the boat or what they owe the bank!

After a year or so reality sets in and the price comes down. I have been following an Endeavour that started at 130k and came down to 84k on Ebay. It is now sold who knows what for.

There is no way round actually looking yourself [or by proxy] and decide what is useable and for how long. I have been looking at one boat where the owner proudly lists a large battery bank in excellent condition [ purchased in 2000] Hmmmm 9 years old batteries? It needs 6 at 250 dollars each.
09-19-2009 07:38 PM
Originally Posted by hank288 View Post
I'm thinking of buying an 1975 O'Day 32 center cocpit sloop. I cannot post the link as I am a new member with under 10 posts. Does anybody have an opinion on this boat? TIA. Hank
You may get a better response by starting your own thread. That way you could put the O'Day in the title line so maybe a member that has the same boat could give you some first hand knowledge. Welcome to SailNet BTW!
09-19-2009 12:11 PM
hank288 I'm thinking of buying an 1975 O'Day 32 center cocpit sloop. I cannot post the link as I am a new member with under 10 posts. Does anybody have an opinion on this boat? TIA. Hank
09-19-2009 07:58 AM
ditch Thanks, for your thoughts!! Very helpful insight!!
09-19-2009 07:40 AM
brigadoonboat looks like a nice boat. Pensacola -Belfast? sail her for a couple of weeks in Florida, have fun, enjoy, and decide what you need to do. Have it trucked to Maine, and do your work on the hard. Splash it during the summer sailing months. when you are ready to cruise, truck it again to Norfolk VA and head out from there, what ever you pay, consider when you sail away it will be double what you thought things would cost. Keep that in mind and you will have a blast.
Tiller pilots are less expensive then wheel pilots- good
the boat looks a little small, cabin space is important-bad
you might need radar in ME but no where else.- opinion
you sail the hull and the rig, so interior finish is up to you.
good luck!
09-19-2009 02:01 AM
mitiempo In answer to your question of the best time to buy, I think there is no specific best time. When you want to and find the right boat is the best time for you. As far as predicting prices, anybody's guess I think. If we were all good at guessing we'd all have cashed in our Microsoft stock long ago and gone sailing.
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