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Re: Advice on Beneteau 473 looking to purchase
I'd have to disagree with this, wholeheartedly. I found this boat on YW and watched her for a couple of years. Price remained steady even as the market was dropping. When I was ready to purchase, July 2009, I did my research and went to do a deal. Found out the owner had been in a motorcycle accident and had lost a leg, virtually ending his yachting days. Offered 2/3 of posted price and remained firm. Owner accepted after a bit of whining.
YW is a great place to watch and price boats, but the asking price is in no way what one has to pay for many boats. Do your research and go into the deal with cash in hand and you'd be surprised how much one can save.
Capta, I agree with you entirely. I have literally been involved in dozens of boat purchases off YW and if you do your homework and watch specific boats carefully, there can be fabulous deals on YW.
how is capta's situation a deal?? In a dropping market, owner was over priced. Then offered 2/3rds below posted price. While the details on what the market price then or may have been are sparse here, I'd be willing to bet that it wasn't some spectacular amount below the what the past several closings have been when true apples for apples were accounted for. If the owner's not using the boat, I'd contend he likely wasn't maintaining it in bristol condition like some active owners. Maybe the owner took a bath, but there's that 10% commission you have to contend with in broker listed boats on yachtworld (and yes, I understand that its variable). The best deals to me are done mano-a-mano without the easy browsing and high-res pictures of yacthworld.
JeffH- respect your contributions tremendously...but I hold to my guns. There may be good deals on Yachtworld, but the best ones wont be there.
Last edited by night0wl; 12-18-2016 at 12:32 PM.