That's the thing, what is the boat "worth" not what I want to pay for it. What is the market? I've seen a lot of floating turds for more than I'm offering here, and I've seen some very nice boats for less. In some ways the market makes no sense, like the fact that CS boats are more expensive on the west coast than inland and yet you get less selection.
As an example, I think westsail 32s are very underpriced while hunters are equally overpriced. I personally don't think a CS36 is worth twice that of a westsail 32, but the market says so, so that's what I pay.
It is a difficult process, this yacht buying thing. Much more difficult than buying a house or car. Not only is there the constant compromise thing, but there are so many models, each designed for different things, they are found in wildly differing conditions, some of which only comes to light when you blow 1200.00 on a haul-out or survey. And in the end you could still end up with gilded poo. A liveaboard boat has to be house, car, international jet, lifesaver, life risker, entertainment centre, answer to one's lifelong dreams yet be a balm to the wife's natural caution and fears, stable yet nimble, seaworthy yet comfortable, well built but affordable, attractive yet practical, well maintained, reasonably priced, and not be sold by an idiot.
And despite all this we have to make a rational, reasoned judgment when it comes to putting the cash on the barrel head. And to further muddy the waters, answers to most of the above are subject to hearsay, random opinion and furious argument. After all the steps we have gone through to get this far, I'm still scratching my head and saying what the hell? I just wanted to buy a sailboat
A part of me just wants to jump in my VW bus and head to Mexico.