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02-11-2012 12:11 AM
neverknow I think the boating market all around is bad. I just saw a Carver 3227 just like ours sell for $12000 at auction and it was in great shape. That boat a few yrs ago was double that.

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02-05-2012 11:39 AM
Passat Nice
02-02-2012 02:32 AM
neverknow We were at the Strictly Sail show at the navy pier in Chicago last weekend and got to talking with Bitchen Bob from Latitudes and Attitudes magazine.

He said he was able to buy his Formosas 56 (Lost Soul) back from the guy he sold it to a few yrs back for half what he paid.
02-01-2012 07:18 PM
remetau I received a letter today stating that the broker just recently sold an HC 38 and that they had such a "tremendous" response to it they developed a "STRONG" interest in the Hans Christian name, but due to the limited amount of Hans Christians on the market, they are contacting all HC owners (I assume documented boats) who may be interested in marketing their boat at this time.

Wife and I got a kick out of it.
02-01-2012 04:05 PM
mikel1 The proper response to the title of this thread is YES!
01-30-2012 09:36 PM
night0wl
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The market is really bad. I recearched yachworld and found that in Europe sailboat prices already much lower than in USA, in average $15000 or more. The best example Grece and Croatia. It's better buy boat there, but it's not cheap to ship it here, unless you're experienced enough to buy and sail away. Any comments?
Thats because many of those boat are ex-charter boats and are beat to hell. Compare those boats in the South of Europe to the boats that leave the Moorings, Sunsail, or Barefoot fleets in the Caribbean.

The boats being sold in the USA are usually owners versions (less cabins, less heads) and are treated much better. Plus, in the northern usa, most of those boats are on the hard under covers for 1/2 - 2/3rds a year so they're practically 1/2 the age of boats left to bake in the sun in the South of Europe or Caribbean.

No free lunch in yachts, you get what you pay for...albeit at a depressed rate as of late.
01-30-2012 08:48 PM
PCP For old boats I guess the US is better. I was talking about boats with less than 15 years and particullarly for even newer boats.

Boats with 5 years are selling for about half the cost they cost now and almost half the cost the owners paid for them. Some of them are almost as new.

Regards

Paulo
01-30-2012 08:31 PM
Arjen
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Europe sailboat prices already much lower than in USA,
heh ? I was told by many that it is the opposite, and a very short look at prices in holland confirmed that.
01-30-2012 06:48 PM
PCP On the South of Europe is not "that bad" is worse and getting worse. The right time to buy a boat: more and more boats are for sale and some for more than 2 years.

Also a very bad time for most of the boat manufacturers

Regards

Paulo
01-30-2012 06:42 PM
Passat The market is really bad. I recearched yachworld and found that in Europe sailboat prices already much lower than in USA, in average $15000 or more. The best example Grece and Croatia. It's better buy boat there, but it's not cheap to ship it here, unless you're experienced enough to buy and sail away. Any comments?
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