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Re: Pondering Selling our Tartan 30
I've always said a boat for sale has two prices. One is what the owner thinks the boat is worth including any emotional attachment to her, like the kids growing up on her, or in your case how much work and money went into making her just right for you.
Then there is a potential buyer. He or she will have none of the emotional attachment to the boat, and if an educated buyer, will be familiar with the going value of that sort of boat in good condition. That buyer will have a value in mind and that's what they are willing to pay.
If the two parties can come to an agreement, then there is a sale, but as happens in way too many cases, the owner will not sell at the price the buyer wants to pay, even though it may be a fair price for that sort of boat in good condition. Then the boat will remain on the market for quite some time, costing the owner more maintenance, insurance and slip/moring/storage fees, so that in the end, the owner would have actually come out ahead selling for less and getting out from under an unwanted boat quickly. I have seen this many dozens of times, as has anybody who watches particular boats on Yachtworld.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
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