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Re: Online boat shopping
Water under the bridge now, but perhaps you should have found a 'buyer's' broker to watch out for your interests. Even with over 4+ decades of boating experience, I hired someone to help find the right boat. The only thing it cost me was lunch and a ride from JFK and back (he flew from Michigan) as he took his cut from the seller. He'd even spend a few winters in the Caribbean sailing on a 530, so he had lots of good input.
I am completely mystified by those who come into this industry with little or no actual practical knowledge or experience and dump a bunch of money into a vessel almost blindly.
Not all brokers are rip off artists and with the internet today it should be fairly easy to weed out the good from the bad, but again, that may take some time and effort which so many seem unwilling to invest.
Anyway, I wish you luck with your 530 and I hope you enjoy yours as much as we do ours. They are pretty incredible sailing vessels. Hardly a day under sail goes by that I don't say a nice word in memory of Wm. Shaw for his great design.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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