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It is based on its worth.
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It is based on its worth.
Worth what to whom?
Someone who has raised their kids on a boat and has 20 years of great memories on their boat feels his boat has a lot of worth that an unemotional potential purchaser doesn't. It just isn't about money, though perhaps it should be.

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Except he can't legally work that side of the line.


Uhh.....we're gonna' pass.
I take it you didn't like what you saw in person?

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I'm always surprised at the number of people, perhaps none here, that are more interested in getting a good deal than the boat they really want. Today, it is so much easier to make sure you don't pay too much. You can start with Yachtworld or any of the other great sites. If you like a Tartan 37 search on it on a number of sites. There are geographic pricing differences, but again, it is easy to find the cost of shipping the boat. If you use a broker, or even use the seller broker you can look up the actual transaction prices of the model you are interested in. Post here or another sailing forum to find a local surveyor (I'd recommend against using a broker recommended surveyor for obvious reasons). You may not get a great price, as ultimately, the seller of your dream boat may not give you that, but it is fairly easy with a little research to get the boat of your dreams for a fair price.
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I take it you didn't like what you saw in person?

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Let's just say I'd be further ahead paying to have any one of these https://www.kijiji.ca/b-sailboat/ont...27/k0c328l9004 delivered to the coast.
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Let's just say I'd be further ahead paying to have any one of these https://www.kijiji.ca/b-sailboat/ont...27/k0c328l9004 delivered to the coast.
Really? What does it cost to ship a 27ft keelboat across the country? Plus stepping the mast and splashing the boat? Not to mention flying across the country to look at boats?

Hard to believe it is worthwhile on such a low value boat.

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Let's just say I'd be further ahead paying to have any one of these https://www.kijiji.ca/b-sailboat/ont...27/k0c328l9004 delivered to the coast.
I agree it seemed high for a 27 footer even if it is a C&C. But I also usually go for a boat "needing a little TLC." That boat looks to be in Cream Puff condition. I did not look closely at the comparison boats but if they are missing a bimini or roller furling, those might be a $6k upgrade. Considering the transaction cost on buying a boat on the other side of the country might add $4k to the transaction cost, you should at least look at the local boat and offer less, see what happens.

You might also be able to find a 30 or larger foot boat in the higher price range if you can afford the original asking price.

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Really?
So we stopped in Tswassen for a meal on the way back and I worked up on a napkin that, less sails, it would cost in the neighbourhood of 20K to get that boat ready for the race course.
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So we stopped in Tswassen for a meal on the way back and I worked up on a napkin that, less sails, it would cost in the neighbourhood of 20K to get that boat ready for the race course.
You never mentioned racing.

If you want to race seriously buy a boat equipped for it. Racing sails and rigging is/are expensive. Is your goal to race this boat only or also day sail and cruise. Unless you have room at home to store your large quiver of sails it is hard to race and cruise a small boat. Storing 6 extra sails on a 27 foot boat makes it hard to find a place to sleep.

For comparison on price point I looked at the some of the other boats on Kijiji, they had outboards or Atomic 4s. I would value a diesel upgrade at at least $3k.
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Considering the transaction cost on buying a boat on the other side of the country might add $4k to the transaction cost, you should at least look at the local boat and offer less, see what happens.
Dang Jephotog, word.
Listen folks he has lived this. PA to CA trailing his back.

Nothing but respect man.

Also I'm following this thread closely, as I too am looking at closing on a C&C (32) with a local broker. They are tempting boats.
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