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11-27-2010 09:06 PM
Walt352 There are great deals but you must shop hard, pass on most and be ready to buy quick.
11-27-2010 08:37 PM
mikieg i have been watching the prices of 30' and below for ten years. and it seems to me that they are nearly giving these boats away. this year i have nees quite a few catalina 27's/diesel motor to sell for $2500 or less! i bought my santana 525 for $1500 with honda outboard. this boat had been advertised for $4000 for some time. $10,000 will buy a pretty fair boat right now. the info i am quoting is ebay, sailing texas, and the major online sites.
11-27-2010 04:51 PM
davidpm So looks like we have several options.
1. Not happening
2. Seasonal drop to be expected
3. Drop only on the low end.

I'm leaning toward number 3 as being the most likely
11-26-2010 04:02 PM
Marketing observations

Originally Posted by scottyt View Post
you are right Dave - the cheaper end of boats are cheaper. The high end stuff attracts people who don't really have to worry about money, so those prices stay high
That's about the size of it around here, too.
The cheap boats have gotten really cheap. The high end designs stay on the market longer or sometimes get pulled off the market.
Then there is the private market. I am seeing boats sell for good prices within our yacht club, where the buyer is getting a known quantity from a known seller.

These are the Tartans, Ericsons, and Cascades and similar blue-water-capable boats. Never much of a market in any given year, but it's a knowledgeable market that is willing to pay for quality.

Kinda reminds me of our selling attempt a couple years ago. We could have dropped our asking price 10K and sold it two or three times, but the big Ericson we wanted never came down much in price... nor did any of the better-presented sisterships we shopped.
Like us, those guys had no debt and were in no hurry to lower a price.
(What with our major list of upgrades about finished, we just may keep our boat another 15 years...)

11-26-2010 03:51 PM
souljour2000 Yes, I think they have dropped...IMHO
11-26-2010 01:08 PM
slap It may just be that the listed prices are now closer to the actual selling prices. A year ago, there were stories of boats selling for 30%-50% of their listed price.
11-26-2010 04:43 AM
paul323 Not sure if the list prices have dropped around here - but boats aren't selling, so many owners are getting desperate.
11-25-2010 09:10 PM
scottyt you are right dave the cheaper end of boats are cheaper. the high end stuff attracts people who dont really have to worry about money, so those prices stay high
11-25-2010 08:10 PM
tommays There is always a drop in the fall when owners are trying to get out of the winter costs and i have seen deals fall apart over the issue

Who wants to drop 2 or 3k to store a boat they did not even really get to use
11-25-2010 07:09 PM
davidpm Maybe the drop if it exists is only on the low end.
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