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Re: What did I do wrong?
For me either price is far too high, this is a 15 year old boat, neglected and in need of several up-dates. Sails are probably the most expensive; from your texts it looks both have to be replaced (cost ~10 k). There are other B381 in the area ( = ca), all can't be neglected.
In today's boat market it is unusual that one gets the asking price, that is just what the seller wants. Reasonable to have a margin of 10-20%, in which range you have made an offer.
I myself would be worried of a Westerbeke engine with only 150 hours over 15 years. Then I have never really liked the Westerbekes (in the ad it says firstly Yanmar and then Westerbeke ... Yanmar I trust. Picture looks like a Westerbeke).
The boat seem to have been hauled recently, through-hulls renewed - that's good. When was the mast unstepped last time ... 15 years in that climate, probably time to renew all standing rigging (OK; not very expensive, expect 3-5 k), and running rigging (easy).
Then I do get the impression from your text that you really want this boat. Is it just impossible to have a serious negotiation with the broker? You are seriously interested, the broker wants to sell, you have made some good offers ...
Think you said on one of your posts that you had /have?) everything lined up, inclusive slip. What annual budget do you expect, and how does the difference in price compare with that?
(usually is more expensive to have a boat than to buy it ...)